Summer Health Tip Series: Asthma Safety

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Submitted by Methodist Family Health Center

Heat and humidity can cause asthma symptoms to act up. Hot, humid summer days are fertile breeding grounds for allergens such as dust mites and mold. Add to that the increased ozone level and it’s not hard to imagine why people with asthma have issues in the summer.

Here are a few tips from your Methodist Family Health Center physicians to help asthma sufferers catch their breath:

  1. Pay attention to the air quality index. Tune in to the news or go online
    to get local air quality information in the morning so you can plan your day.
    If air quality is poor, try to stay inside. When driving, keep your windows
    rolled up and set the car AC on recirculate so you don’t pull outside
    pollutants into the car.
  2. Become a morning person. On days when air quality is poor, take care of outside activities and running errands early in the day before the heat and humidity sets in.
  3. Monitor allergy symptoms. If you notice summer allergy triggers such as mold or grass pollen, don’t suffer through the symptoms. Allergens can exacerbate asthma.

And don’t forget, we are always here if you can’t avoid illness. To find a Methodist Family Health Center physician nearest you click here.