Controlling Asthma: Tips for Asthma Sufferers this Spring

Controlling Asthma: Tips for Asthma Sufferers this Spring

Spring is a beautiful season marked by blooming flowers, warmer weather, and longer days; however, spring can also make controlling asthma symptoms more challenging. Pollen counts rise and outdoor activities increase, both of which can trigger asthma symptoms. Controlling asthma during this season is crucial to enjoying all that spring has to offer. Here are some practical tips to help you manage your asthma symptoms effectively.

Understand Your Triggers

One of the first steps in controlling asthma is to understand what triggers your symptoms. Common springtime triggers include pollen from trees, grasses, and flowers, and changes in temperature and air quality. Keep a diary of your symptoms and note any patterns related to your environment or activities. This can help you identify specific triggers and take steps to avoid them.

Monitor Pollen Counts

Pollen is one of the most common asthma triggers in spring. Keep an eye on local pollen counts, which are often reported in weather forecasts or available through various weather apps and websites. On days when pollen levels are high, try to stay indoors as much as possible, especially during peak pollen times in the early morning and late afternoon.

Keep Your Home Pollen-Free

Minimise indoor allergens by keeping windows and doors closed on high pollen days, regularly clean and vacuum your home to remove any pollen and consider using allergen-proof covers for pillows and mattresses.

Take Your Medications as Prescribed

Controlling asthma is less challenging when you use your prescribed medications when you should. Ensure you take your long-term control medications daily, even if you’re feeling well. Always carry your inhaler with you for quick use at the first sign of symptoms. If you notice your asthma symptoms worsening, consult your GP, who may adjust your medication plan.

Stay Active Safely

Regular exercise is beneficial for overall health, but it can be tricky for asthma sufferers during spring. Opt for indoor activities on high pollen days or exercise during times when pollen counts are lower. Warm up thoroughly before starting any physical activity, and always have your inhaler handy in case of an asthma attack.

Getting Support

Spring doesn’t have to be a challenging time for asthma sufferers. By understanding your triggers, taking preventative measures, and adhering to your treatment plan, you can enjoy the season while keeping your asthma symptoms under control. If your asthma is worsening, despite trying the above, contact your GP. You can also find more information about asthma, asthma attacks and what to do if you have one, here.