How to Stop Asthma From Slowing You Down this Summer

Summer is the season of freedom. For some of us, we wait half a year for the summer to set us free from the frigid bleakness of winter and the cold wetness of spring. We don’t want to waste a single minute of our summer. We make big plans to go camping, hang out with friends, go to a cottage, splash around in the water, and spend time in our garden. We can’t let anything slow us down. So what happens when our asthma symptoms start to creep up on us? This summer, don’t let your asthma take over. Here are some ways to stop asthma from slowing you down this season.

Asthma Prevention

Allergens are everywhere in the summer time. Pollen, smog, spores, and insects are all waiting to jump at the chance to ruin your summer plans. As the Boy Scouts like to say, be prepared. Understanding what triggers your asthma symptoms will help you avoid them. For instance, if your asthma symptoms are triggered by allergies, consider taking antihistamines, such as Benadryl or Loratadine to avoid a bronchospasm. Before you leave the house, make sure you take preventative medication that will seriously reduce the risk of an asthma attack.

Antihistamines aren’t the only way to control your asthma. There are many asthma medications that are designed to maintain your disease rather than act as an emergency remedy. If you have asthma, ask your doctor about maintenance medications that include corticosteroids, long-acting beta-agonists, or both, such as Flovent, Serevent, or Advair.

Non-Medical Considerations

In the winter, stepping outside into the freezing air from a warm, albeit dry, temperature-controlled house can trigger asthma symptoms in an instant. The summertime also has a similar problem. High-humidity can trigger symptoms just as much as a surge of cold air. Neither situations are conducive to a good night’s sleep. We’re not saying to ditch your air conditioner, but we do recommend that you keep an eye on the humidity levels in the house. If you live in a particularly muggy climate, consider buying a dehumidifier for the bedroom.

Other things to avoid:

  • Smoke, such as cigarette or bonfire
  • Harsh cleaning products
  • Carpets
  • Non-hypoallergenic pillows

When an Asthma Attack Strikes

If you’re going camping or to a friend’s cottage for the weekend, make sure to plan your medication accordingly. Mould, mildew, and creepy critters love to nestle in musty old cottages and tents that haven’t seen the light of day in a year. Sometimes your maintenance medication isn’t enough. Be sure to pack enough asthma medicine for the entire trip and that nothing is expired. Emergency inhalers like Ventolin and Atrovent provide relief from a flair up of symptoms like wheezing, chest-tightness, and shortness of breath. Don’t take more than your doctor prescribed. If you find your symptoms are persisting or you have to use your quick-relief inhaler every day, there’s a chance your asthma isn’t controlled. Talk to your doctor about how to maintain your asthma. If you do take maintenance medication, you may be prescribed something different.

North Drugstore Is Your Main Source for Prescription Medicine

This summer, don’t let your asthma get in the way of having fun and making the most out of the season. By taking extra precautions to treat your asthma and prevent attacks from happening, you can fully embrace the beautiful outdoors without worry. Order your asthma medication at North Drugstore and get your brand name and generic medication shipped right to your door. Find out how.