Asthma in the Autumn

There are plenty of things to look forward to in the fall, but asthma is not one of them. The fall staples such as football season, pumpkin spice flavored everything, and perfect conditions to enjoy the outdoors are enough to get anyone excited for autumn. However those who suffer from asthma might dread the sight of that first orange leaf hitting the ground, knowing that they’re in for a rough time.

Asthma flare-ups can be more common during the fall because the season brings so many things that can trigger those attacks. Here are some things to consider.

  • While cold air is a refreshing change of pace from the summer heat, it can also constrict your airways, making it more difficult to breathe.
  • Ragweed blooms during autumn, which many people are allergic to. Allergens can provoke asthma attacks.
  • The fall is the perfect time to go camping, but campfires can be a real nuisance, even for non-asthmatics. Even if you’re not into camping, controlled burns in your area can make it difficult for you to breathe.
  • Fall is the start of cold and flu season. If you’re ill, you’re more likely to be susceptible to an asthma flare-up.
  • Cool temperatures and damp weather are hallmarks of fall. Cold and damp just so happens to be the perfect conditions for mold. Mold spores can wreak havoc on asthmatics.

Luckily there are things that you can do to help control your asthma during the fall.

  • One of the best things that you can do is schedule a visit your primary care physician. They can help you discuss the proper steps for you to take to control your asthma.
  • It’s also important to be aware of your asthma triggers, and avoid them whenever possible.
  • Check pollen counts for your area, and avoid spending excessive amounts of time outdoors on days with high counts.
  • Getting a flu shot can help you fight off influenza and keep you healthy throughout the fall.
  • Autumn is the perfect time of the year to get outside for some outdoor recreation, but physical activity in the fall can increase your chances for an asthma attack. Take your time, set a slower pace, and take breaks. Consider wearing a balaclava or other mouth covering to warm the cool fall air and filter out allergens.
  • Replacing the air filter in your home can help improve the air quality and help you manage your asthma.

It’s also important that you know what to do in case of an asthma attack. Identifying your triggers and taking the appropriate steps to manage your asthma is a good place to start, but you should know what to do in case you experience an asthma attack. Make sure you have the appropriate medications nearby, and a good plan in case of an emergency. Talk to your physician to see about setting up a plan that works for you.