6 tips to manage your asthma this summer
The warmer temperatures will increase the moisture in the air and create an environment where moulds and pollutants will thrive which can trigger your asthma symptoms.
Updated: Thursday 16 June 2022
The warmer weather means longer days, more sunshine and a chance to go outdoors. The warmer temperatures will increase the moisture in the air and create an environment where moulds and pollutants will thrive which can trigger your asthma symptoms.
Why is my asthma bad in summer?
The hot and humid weather can cause your asthma symptoms to get worse. Breathing in the hot air can cause your airways to narrow which can lead to an increase in coughing and shortness of breath. Not only this, but the heat can increase the amount of pollutants, causing your asthma to be more prevalent. You might experience what is known as ‘grey fever’, which is when the air and pollution levels are high, both triggering asthma symptoms.
Knowing how to manage your asthma during summer will help to enjoy the season. We’ve rounded up 6 tips to help you this summer.
- Plan ahead
Asthma and hay fever go hand in hand, and many asthmatics will be suffering from hay fever symptoms too, especially when the pollen count is high. What many people don’t know is that hay fever is actually a trigger for asthma, so before you head out you should check the pollen forecast and if there is a high count or poor air quality, then it is best to stay indoors.
Make an appointment with your GP or see your pharmacist for advice about the different asthma treatment options. At Pharmica, we can advise you on the best treatment for you, can answer any questions you have about managing asthma or improve on your inhaler technique. Once you have your medication, make sure to take it exactly as prescribed.
- Avoid polluted areas
Highly polluted areas will trigger asthma symptoms such as coughing, breathlessness and restricted airways. The air particles from these areas are small enough to get into your lungs which can make your airways swollen so it’s important to avoid these areas and take your medications
- Stay indoors on hot, humid days
Try not to go outside on the hottest part of the day which is normally around 11am and 3pm. If you are planning to go out, wear loose clothing and sunglasses to protect any pollen getting in your eyes. Plan to go in the morning or evening when the air quality is better and it is cooler and try not to walk in the sun for long periods of times. Although it might be tempting to open the windows when you’re indoors, to avoid allowing pollutants or pollen into the home. Run the air conditioner and don’t allow anyone to smoke inside the home.
- Stay hydrated
Dehydration can play a role triggering asthma symptoms. Staying hydrated is ingrediency important to mobilise the airways and restrict them from a build-up of mucus. Dehydration will cause the airways to build up with mucus and increase inflammation. The muscles which wrap around the airways could constrict and spasm which could trigger an attack.
- Watch out for pets
Pets can carry a lot of pollen into the house, so before they come inside was them down or brush them to help get some of the pollen off.
Authored by Toby Watson
Pharmica Medical Writer
Toby (BSc) is an experienced medical writer, producing educational articles on many areas of health including sexual health, fitness, nutrition and mental health.
He particularly enjoys debunking misconceptions around heath conditions and their treatments, researching each topic in detail and writing easily-accessible content.