How to Navigate Allergy Season When You Have Asthma

In allergic asthma - the most common type of asthma - the same allergens that cause sneezing and watery eyes in most people can trigger serious asthma attacks. This condition is more serious in children; 90% of children have asthma and allergies, opposed to only 50% of adults.

Allergic Asthma is triggered by the same allergens that cause allergies, including dust, pollen, and mold. It can also be triggered by exercise or breathing smoke. For patients wanting to navigate the high-allergen season, knowing the triggers for allergic asthma is key.

Clean Indoor Air

There is only so much we can avoid when it comes to outdoor allergens, so it’s important to control what can trigger an asthma attack indoors. One of the best ways to do this is to purchase a HEPA filter. HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) mechanical filters force air through mesh to capture allergens such as pollen, pet dander, smoke, and dust. This should be kept in the bedroom, where you sleep.

Other allergens that can be avoided within an indoor space include:

  • Tobacco Smoke
  • Pet Dander
  • Perfume
  • Cleaning supplies that produce strong chemical odors

Fortunately, there are many treatment options for allergic asthma that make allergy season less of a threat. With Community Cares Rx, many of these options can be purchased at a discount.

Short-Acting Bronchodilators - These rescue inhalers are the typical go-to medication for an asthma patient, and act very quickly in the time of need. These open up the airways in the lungs and their effects last four to six hours.

Long-Acting Bronchodilators - These are similar to short-acting bronchodilators, but should be used only twice a day and last up to 12 hours. This form of medication should never be taken alone and should be taken with inhaled steroids.

Inhaled Steroids - Through a portable breathing device, this medication can be inhaled to decrease the inflammation of the lungs. This can strengthen the lungs over time and may help decrease dependence on a rescue inhaler.

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