For patients suffering from asthma and allergies, the heat of the summer months can be one of the most challenging times of the year. While free from the drier air of the cold winter months, increased pollen counts and air pollution can conspire to make any trip outside a source of frustration and anxiety. However, with proper planning and preparation, as well as relevant medical equipment, managing your allergies and asthma in the summer does not need to be a burden.
The first step in managing allergies and asthma in the summer months is to be proactive about venturing outside. According to the EPA, the summer is the worst time of the year for heightened air pollution, measured by the Air Quality Index, or API. If you have severe allergies or asthma, the EPA recommends always checking the AQI before your trip outside. Checking the AQI, coupled with checking any pollen and allergen reports, can help you prepare. If a day with extremely poor air quality or high pollen levels is forecasted, it can be a good idea to preemptively take any precautionary allergy medicines, as well as packing your fast-acting inhaler, should an asthma attack occur.
Another common contributing factor for allergy and asthma sufferers is open windows in the home. In an effort to beat the summer heat, many people will leave their windows in their home open to circulate air, particularly at night. While refreshing and more energy efficient than air conditioning, open windows can allow pollen and dirt particles which aggravate asthma and allergies into your home. These particles can be especially troublesome if they become embedded in pillows, sheets, clothing, and other surfaces which come into intimate and extended contact with skin, eyes, and hair. Although not always an ideal solution, closed windows coupled with air conditioning can help keep your home as much of an allergy and asthma safe-zone as possible in the summer.
By far the most effective remedy for summer allergies and asthma is use of an inhaler, nebulizer, or other medical treatment designed specifically to combat these conditions. Though nebulizers typically see much higher use in the winter months due to bronchitis and pneumonia flare-ups, they can also help keep airways open in the warmer months as well. Likewise, for asthma sufferers, inhalers of both the traditional and fast-acting type can greatly assist with managing and preventing symptoms before they occur. Partnering with a durable medical equipment provider like Aeroflow Healthcare can ensure that you have assistance with proactively ordering supplies for your medical equipment. Aeroflow may also be able to qualify you for your equipment through insurance. When the unfortunate effects of asthma and allergies strike, ensure that you will be as well-prepared as possible.