It’s spring! Many of us are spending the majority of our time outdoors. However, for people who have pollen as one of their asthma triggers, spring and summer also bring pressure, worries and an abundance of asthma attacks. High pollen levels in the air usually signal a bad time for those of us who have pollen allergies, but there are ways to ease pollen’s effect on our day-to-day lives.
The correlation with asthma.
Pollen is one of the most common triggers of asthma, in the form of a pollen allergy. It’s a ‘harmless’ substance, that can spark an allergic reaction to people that are sensitive towards it. When someone who is sensitive to pollen interacts with high amounts of it, the result may be difficulty in breathing, chest tightness, coughing, wheezing, and other symptoms.
Additional to asthma-related symptoms, you can also feel symptoms that are usually related to hay fever. The symptoms include itchy eyes, nose, mouth or throat, sneezing, and a runny or blocky nose.
Pollen and weather conditions
Pollen concentration varies throughout the day due to a number of factors, most notably weather conditions.
Wind can spread pollen through long distances. Some studies have shown that pollen concentrations correlate across distances of 20-41km, but there is a potential of pollen traveling over significantly longer distances.
The problem with pollen is the variety of factors that, when working together with pollen, can cause an asthma attack. Pollen can be affected by humidity, wind, heat, dry weather, thunderstorms, pollution and others. In essence, any particle in the air that can connect to pollen can lead to faster spreading.
It’s hard to separate pollen as a separate entity when it comes to asthma because it’s so interconnected with other triggers, making it difficult to look at pollen as a separate entity.
How do I prevent attacks?
Well, nobody can provide you with a crystal clear answer to this question. Pollen and other asthma triggers interact in various ways. You just have to try out some ways of preventing pollen-related attacks and see which one suits you best.
The most obvious answer for stopping pollen from causing an asthma attack would be to stay inside. Just close your windows and don’t expose yourself to pollen at all…
That doesn’t seem like a solution to the problem, does it? Well, there are other methods that don’t include you avoiding pollen completely.
Depending on how sensitive to pollen you are, you can try out some of the following methods:
- Have your reliever inhaler with you during the pollen season. In case you get an attack, you have to be prepared for it.
- Тry to avoid areas where the allergen is present(such as parks, open fields, etc.)
- Wind spreads pollen quickly and easily, which means you should take special care during windy days.
- We recommend wearing sunglasses while outside to lower the chance of pollen getting in contact with your eyes.
- One great way to prevent pollen from triggering your asthma is to wear a filtration facemask.
- There are alternatives to facemasks such as air filtration nose plugs, which are discreet and usually very user-friendly.
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