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Breathe Easy: Navigating Allergies and Asthma this Spring!

Updated on May 1st, 2024

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Written and medically reviewed by Dorcas Morak, Pharm.D

Spring brings warmth and blooms but also marks the beginning of allergy season for many. This can overshadow the pleasures of the season, especially for those with allergic asthma. However, with proper management, you can still fully enjoy spring. This guide offers advice on managing allergies and asthma during this time, allowing you to appreciate the season comfortably.

How are Allergies and Asthma Related?

Allergies occur when the immune system reacts to harmless substances like pollen, dust mites, pet dander, mold, or specific foods. Exposure to these allergens can cause symptoms such as sneezing, nasal congestion, itching, hives, or, in severe cases, asthma attacks.

Asthma is a long-term respiratory condition marked by airway inflammation and narrowing. It causes wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness. Though factors like infections or cold air can trigger asthma, allergic asthma is primarily caused by allergies.

What Can Cause Allergies?

The key to managing allergies and asthma is to recognize and avoid triggers. Track environmental factors that worsen symptoms, including pollen levels, air quality, and exposure to allergens such as pet dander or mold. Follow pollen forecasts and reduce outdoor activities during high-pollen times, usually in the morning and on windy days.

How do I Manage Allergy Symptoms?

Over-the-counter antihistamines such as Benadryl or Claritin, decongestants such as Sudafed or Afrin, and nasal sprays such as Nasacort or Flonase can ease sneezing, itching, and allergy congestion. For severe allergies, prescription medications might be needed. To reduce allergen exposure, use allergen-proof bedding and keep indoor spaces clean and well-ventilated.

Are Asthma Attacks Manageable?

Along with avoiding allergens, using prescribed asthma medications as advised by your healthcare provider is crucial. These may consist of long-term prescription-only medications like inhaled corticosteroids, e.g., budesonide (Pulmicort) or leukotriene modifiers, e.g., montelukast (Singulair), which lower inflammation and prevent symptoms, and quick-relief drugs like short-acting beta-agonists, e.g., albuterol (Ventolin), for immediate relief during asthma attacks.

When Should I Seek Professional Guidance?

Though self-care can manage allergies and asthma, consulting a healthcare professional for tailored treatment and advice is essential. An allergist or pulmonologist can pinpoint your triggers, create a customized management plan, and track your condition to ensure the best control and quality of life.

How Can I Save on Allergy and Asthma Medications?

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Embracing Spring with Confidence

Individuals with allergies and asthma can enjoy springtime by following effective management strategies. Whether having outdoor picnics, hiking on nature trails, or relaxing in the sun, you can breathe comfortably knowing you are proactively protecting your respiratory health.

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