Lesson 3: Reducing Asthma Triggers

Outdoor trigger busting!

With outdoor allergies, treatment is a better plan than avoidance, since we have less control over what we face outside of our homes. If your seasonal allergy symptoms are provoking or aggravating your asthma, first see your allergist to determine exactly which pollens or molds are triggering your symptoms. You will learn when and where these airborne allergens are found in your area. Your allergist may also prescribe an allergy nose spray, non-sedating antihistamine, decongestant or other medication to lessen your symptoms.

If your symptoms are constant or severe, your allergist may also recommend immunotherapy treatment, also called allergy vaccinations. With this treatment, you will receive shots periodically over a period of three to five years. This will help your immune system to become more resistant to the specific allergen, and lessen your symptoms as well as your dependence upon future medications.

Blow away pollen and mold spores!

In addition to your medication, follow some or all of these tips during the pollen and mold seasons to lessen your exposure to the triggers.

DO keep your windows closed at night to prevent pollens or molds from drifting into your home and into your nose and mouth while you sleep.

DO minimize your early morning activity when the pollen count is generally the highest–between 5-10 a.m.

DO keep your car windows closed while driving.

DO try to stay inside when the pollen count or humidity is reported to be high, and on windy days when dust and pollen are stirred up.

DO leave your area during the height of the pollen season, if possible, for a lower pollen area. Beach areas tend to have less pollen if you are planning a vacation.

DO routinely take your prescription medications, even if you are feeling better.

DON'T take extra medication in an attempt to lessen your symptoms.

DON'T mow your own lawn or be around freshly cut grass; mowing blows around pollens and molds.

DON'T rake leaves, as this also sends mold spores into the air.

DON'T hang sheets or clothing outside to dry. Pollens and molds can collect on them!

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