Did you know that May was Allergy and Asthma Awareness Month? You can have asthma and allergy symptoms at any time of the year, but the month of May appears to signify a "peak" season. It is helpful to know your triggers to decrease or prevent asthma episodes.
Here is a list of some common triggers of allergic asthma:
- Dust/dust mites
- Pet Dander
There are several other factors that can provoke your asthma symptoms, including, but not limited to: weather, irritants in the air, tobacco smoke, exercise, acid reflux, certain foods or drinks (i.e. sulfite-containing products), and changes in hormones during menstrual cycle.
It may take some time to identify what provokes your asthma episodes, but try jotting down changes or patterns that you notice around the time of your flares. The triggers mentioned previously are a good list to start with when identifying what may be causing your symptoms. You may not be able to avoid them all, but hopefully it will assist you in better management of your condition.
So, enjoy the spring and all that it brings, but while you're counting those beautiful flowers, be mindful of the pollen count!
If you have any questions about asthma and allergies or need recommendations for your symptoms, stop by LV Health and Wellness Pharmacy and speak with our pharmacists. We offer a variety of over-the-counter products including organic, vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO and vegetarian options.
Citation: http://www.aafa.org/page/allergic-asthma.aspx, https://www.cdc.gov/asthma/triggers_indoor.html, https://www.cdc.gov/asthma/triggers.html, https://www.cdc.gov/asthma/pdfs/asthma_brochure.pdf