In Minnesota, we have plenty to look forward to in the fall. The gorgeous colors spreading across the state, crisp cool air, school back in session, warm sweatshirts and pumpkin-flavored everything are just some of the delights of a Minnesota fall.
While we definitely enjoy the fall here in the mid-west, we want to remind you that asthma flare-ups and asthma attacks can be more common in the fall. If you have asthma or concerns about asthma, be mindful of things that can trigger asthma attacks.
Here are some helpful reminders:
While refreshing, cold air can constrict your airways and can make it difficult to breathe. Many people with asthma find it harder to breathe in the colder weather. Colder weather also opens up the opportunity for mold. Mold spores are harmful to asthmatic patients as they can get into the lungs and trigger an attack. Using a dehumidifier and improving the airflow in your can help eliminate mold spores, decreasing the risk to asthmatic people.
Cold, flu and COVID:
Anyone with a cold or other virus is more susceptible to an asthma flare-up. As your immune system is weakened your body is unable to respond as well when the flare-ups occur. Be mindful of your asthma if you are not feeling and limit your exposure to asthma-inducing triggers.
Ragweed & Other Allergy Causing Triggers:
Allergies can definitely provoke an asthma attack. The blooming of ragweed is one of the most common allergens in the fall and those with asthma should be mindful of their surroundings when outdoors this time of year.
Taking Control of Your Asthma
While there are many things that can affect your asthma, there are things you can do to stay in control during the fall.
- Being aware of the list above and knowing how to keep yourself safe can help you manage your symptoms and flare-ups
- Watch high intensity physical activity outdoors during the fall. Avoid pairing strenuous activity with cold air and outdoor allergens.
- Schedule a visit with your primary care provider to talk about any asthma concerns you have
- Get a flu shot and stay up to date with your vaccines. Staying healthy is one of the best things you can do to stay head of your asthma.
- Check pollen counts to know your vulnerability. Try to stay indoors when you know the levels are high.
Know Where To Get Help
We're prepared to handle it all at The Urgency Room. We are open 365 days a year to care for you. Visit us if you are having concerns about your asthma. If you are having difficulty breathing or you think you are experiencing a medical emergency, always dial 911 immediately.