Spring is in full bloom and unfortunately pollen is at an all-time high, which for some of us means sniffling and sneezing due to allergies. Allergies also account for a good majority of asthma flare-ups, and here in Florida, trees begin pollinating in the spring (followed by grasses and weeds) and can wreak havoc on those of us whose asthma is triggered by allergies.
During the spring season, you may notice that your allergy symptoms are often more noticeable in the morning hours. This is because pollen levels are highest in the morning. Avoiding long periods of time outdoors in the morning, sleeping with your windows closed, and avoiding things like fresh cut grass can help to reduce early flares.
According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology studies show about two-thirds or more of those with asthma also have an allergy. Chest tightness, wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath are all symptoms associated with asthma. Many things that trigger seasonal allergy symptoms – like pollen and mold – can also cause those tell-tale asthma symptoms.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has coined the month of May as National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. With asthma reaching its peak season, there’s no better time to shine a spotlight on this chronic condition. Our providers at ForCare can diagnose and treat a wide variety of conditions and are ready to help you manage your allergy and asthma symptoms. Click here to schedule your appointment today!