While many people love the changing of the seasons, it can be a particularly difficult time of year for those that deal with asthma. Having allergic asthma means that allergens in the air can trigger an immune system response, often culminating in asthma symptoms such as difficulty breathing.
If you have allergic asthma, the changing seasons may often trigger your asthma symptoms. Allergies can also be a problem when weather changes for many people, especially changes into spring and fall. These times of year seem to be when doctors and hospitals see an uptick in the number of allergic asthma cases they treat.
Pollen and mold are the leading causes of allergic asthma attacks. In the spring season, the pollen count becomes very high when trees flower new leaves, and new flowers and plants are blooming at a rapid pace. Once that cycle is completed, symptoms tend to decrease in frequency and severity. In the fall season there are also fall flowering plants that cause similar allergic reactions as in spring, but there are also mold spores from moist soil and decaying leaves, which become airborne and often cause allergic reactions.
Allergy medications, such as antihistamines, nasal sprays, and inhalers can help to prevent or at least reduce the severity of allergy symptoms until environmental factors change.
Other common triggers of allergic asthma include:
- Dust mites
- Pet dander
- Second-hand smoke
- Strong perfumes and fragrances
If you have difficulty breathing and think it may be related to allergic asthma, call our office at 718-980-5700 to schedule an appointment, or use our online request form and one of our staff will contact you shortly.