5 Tips to Prevent Spring Asthma Flare-Ups

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Spring is a glorious time of year. Unless you have asthma. Then, springtime isn't so nice. Difficulty breathing, wheezing, sneezing, and chest tightness, are annoying. Especially when all you want to do is enjoy the beautiful weather.

We, at Family Care, can help you manage your asthma. So you can enjoy the sun and bright skies (without coughing and wheezing every five seconds). Here are five tips to help you enjoy springtime:

1. Know your triggers

The most common triggers for asthma are particularly relevant in the spring. Pollen, mold, and other airborne irritants can cause severe asthma attacks. We can help you identify your specific triggers, so you can avoid them.

2. Manage your outdoor time

You may want to go for a morning run, but try to wait until after 10 AM. That’s when pollen levels tend to be less high. You’ll also want to avoid opening windows in your house or car in the morning. Use air conditioning instead.

Keep an eye on weather reports or download a pollen report app. When the pollen count is high, try to stay indoors whenever you can. If you do go outside, take a shower the second you're back home. And put on fresh clothes. You don’t want to bring pollen inside your house!

3. Don’t be afraid to clean

Spring cleaning can help save you from unnecessary attacks. Take time this season to deep clean your home. Wipe down your blinds, clean your ceiling fans, and vacuum!

4. Landscape with caution

Hiring a service to weed your yard and mow your lawn is ideal, but not always practical. If you take care of your landscaping, avoid those high pollen hours. Also, wear a mask to stop you from breathing in pollen, dirt, and other irritants.

5. Work out (but be smart about when)

Spring is a tempting time to dust off your bike and pull out your running shoes. Unfortunately, exercising outside enhances the effects of pollen. As much as you’d like to head out, be smart. Keep your workouts indoors when possible. And when you go outside, make sure it’s on days when the pollen count is low.

We at Family Care want to help you avoid asthma attacks. We’ll keep your medications up-to-date and help prevent flare-ups. If you end up experiencing asthma complications, don’t hesitate to reach out. You can contact us here to make an appointment.

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