Allergies & Asthma: Do's and Don'ts

If you suffer from asthma, the following are some Do's and Don'ts that you can follow during the pollen and mold seasons to lessen your exposure to the pollens or molds that may trigger your allergy symptoms and cause an asthma attack.

    • DO keep windows closed at night to prevent pollens or molds from drifting into your home. Instead, if needed, use air conditioning, which cleans, cools, and dries the air.

    • DO minimize early morning activity when pollen is usually emitted-between 5-10 a.m.

    • DO keep your car windows closed when traveling.

    • DO try to stay indoors when the pollen count or humidity is reported to be high, and on windy days when dust and pollen are blown about.

    • DO take a vacation during the height of the pollen season to a more pollen-free area, such as the beach or sea.

    • DO take medications prescribed by your allergist/immunologist regularly, in the recommended dosage.

    • DON'T take more medication than recommended in an attempt to lessen your symptoms.

    • DON'T mow lawns or be around freshly cut grass; mowing stirs up pollens and molds.

    • DON'T rake leaves, as this also stirs up molds.

    • DON'T hang sheets or clothing out to dry. Pollens and molds may collect in them.

    • DON'T grow too many, or overwater, indoor plants if you are allergic to mold. Wet soil encourages mold growth.

    • When to See an Allergist

        • If you suspect you may have asthma, or your asthma has recently gotten worse.

        • If you have allergies that are making your asthma worse

        • If your asthma has been life-threatening, or required intubation (breathing machine)

        • If your asthma making it difficult to exercise, sleep through the night, or causing you to miss work or school

        • If you have recently visited the ER or been hospitalized because of your asthma

        • If you are concerned about the side effects of your asthma medications

        • If you are using your quick-relief or rescue inhaler more than twice a week for asthma symptoms

        • If your asthma is not well controlled

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