Spring Asthma and Allergy Tips from the Indiana Joint Asthma Coalition
Spring is here and allergies are a part of the season for many people. Allergies are a reaction by your immune system to something that does not bother most people. Common allergy triggers include: pollen, dust mites, mold, pet dander, food, insect stings and medicines.
Allergy symptoms range from a runny nose, sneezing, itching, rashes, swelling, or asthma. Asthma is a chronic condition that affects your lungs. Asthma causes the airways in your lungs to narrow and swell and produce extra mucus. For many people with asthma, seasonal allergies can trigger an asthmatic response causing coughing, wheezing and chest tightness.
Some tips to avoid or lessen your allergy and asthma symptoms this spring:
- Know your triggers and plan to avoid or lessen them.
- Keep your windows closed if outdoor triggers like grass and pollen are a problem for you.
- See your allergist or doctor early in the season. They can help you get the right medications so you are prepared. For more information about how to use inhalers and nebulizers, visit this link.
- Create an asthma/allergy action plan for early treatment of symptoms and tracking of any changes in your health.
- Recognize the differences between COVID-19 and allergies.
If you are interested in joining the Indiana Joint Asthma Coalition (InJAC), please join at this link. For more information about the Indiana Joint Asthma Coalition and additional resources, please visit our website.