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Autumn Asthma: Symptoms of asthma during autumn

As the summer season draws to a close, and the days shorten, jumpers and jackets replace t-shirts and shorts. The weather still encourages families to be engaging outdoors and enjoying all that the season has to bring.

The autumn season is just as prominent as the spring and summer seasons are for asthma sufferers, as there are a host of asthma triggers to be aware of. There are several causes that can cause asthma to flair up during the fall, and there are definitely more A&E visits due to asthma-related complications throughout this time of year.

Causes of asthma triggers:

Some of the major causes include

  • Allergens like Mould and Ragweed
  • Changes in air temperature
  • Cold air
  • People

When you get familiar with recognised causes, it will allow you to prevent asthma attacks. We have reported seven causes of asthma below and how to prevent them.

Mould:

Allergen is a natural mould, which may cause the symptoms of asthma in people. While the mould grows all year long, the very worst times of the year are spring and autumn. The easiest way to reduce your susceptibility to mould is to monitor your surrounding and home settings.

  • Keep the doors and windows shut.
  • In order to minimise the amount of moisture in your home try using a dehumidifier if possible
  • Covering your mattress and pillows with anti-allergic covers helps protect you from mould and pollen.
Cold air:
  • Autumn nights can be cold, and this air can also be the trigger for asthma.
  • Cold air leads to the tightening of air pipes in the lungs which can contribute to exacerbation of acute asthma.
  • Apart from remaining indoors on cold winters, you can prepare yourself by staying protected and warm.
  • When you are outside, wrapping yourself up will help protect you from cold air and keep you warm.
Raking leaves:
  • Fallen leaves can be a favourable place for moulds to grow
  • Mould can develop on wet, dead leaves, and its spores can likewise travel effectively with air.
  • When raking leaves, make sure you are covered from spores as it can travel through your nose. It is advised to wear surgical masks.
  • Additionally, wear a long-sleeved shirt and jeans to keep them off your skin. If possible, take those clothes off before entering your home to abstain from bringing mould into your home.
Campfires and bonfires:
  • When you warm your hands or roast marshmallows near a campfire, you can get exposed to smoke which makes asthma worse
  • Inhalation of smoke can trigger your asthma and can make your condition worse.
  • Take precautions; abstain from getting excessively close to the fire. You can sit in the opposite direction of wind.
Your fireplace:
  • Using an indoor chimney can create enough smoke to trigger your symptoms of asthma.
  • Infact, regular exposure to chimney smoke is related with more serious asthma.
  • Kerosene gas and heater can likewise aggravate asthma.
  • Fortunately, this is not normal in most homes, but factories and garages use them to steam up large areas.
  • The most ideal approach is staying away from this kind of heat sources to combat your triggers.
Cold and flu viruses:
  • Common cold, flu, and other respiratory illnesses are both causes for asthma.
  • Seasonal flu can be bad for everyone, but asthma sufferers seem to get the flu much worse.
  • It is important for those with asthma to have an annual flu vaccine, which will help to minimise the effects of the flu if you get sick.
Ragweed:
  • In the UK, the issue has been causing serious problems to people and the sufferers are increasing day by day.
  • These allergy causing moulds grown in autumn and develops allergy-causing pollen.
  • If you live in an area where you see this mould growing, the ideal approach is to stay away and remain indoors as much as possible.

Are there any medications to help prevent asthma triggers?

Access Doctor has both prescription and non-prescription allergy medicines available, including non-drowsy antihistamines and steroid nasal sprays such as Beconase and Avamys. There are also asthma inhalers like the Ventolin inhaler to reduce wheezing as well as steroidal inhalers to reduce inflammation of the airways such as Clenil.

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