Allergies, Pollen, and Asthma

Asthma sufferers affected by seasonal allergies often find certain times of year challenging. Early spring and summer have tree and grass pollens; weed pollens are active in late summer and fall. Although it’s impossible to avoid pollen altogether, understanding your allergy triggers will help you limit your exposure and keep your asthma under control.

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Did you know?

Asthma episodes, attacks, and hospitalizations increase, or "peak,” during the 3rd week of September—also known as "Asthma Peak Week."

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Allergies & Pollen

Allergic asthma can be triggered by inhaling the pollen from trees, flowers, and grass (and many other plants). When allergy sufferers inhale the pollen, it produces reactions in the nose, eyes, throat, sinuses, and lungs. If you’re an allergic asthma sufferer, it can cause your airways to narrow and become swollen, making it difficult to breathe.

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Common treatment often includes nasal corticosteroid sprays, antihistamines, and allergy shots (immunotherapy). If you find that your asthma tends to get worse during peak allergy season, talk to your doctor about getting tested for allergies and adjusting your treatment to address these seasonal triggers.

Tips for Managing Allergies & Pollen

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Use air conditioning and sleep with the windows closed

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Pay attention to pollen counts and air quality and plan outdoor activities accordingly

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Keep your quick-relief/rescue medications with you at all times