Double Trouble: Allergies & Asthma; 10 Tips on How to Control Both
Spring is finally here which means warmer weather, more daylight and ALLERGIES! For those who suffer from asthma, allergy season can be especially challenging as it can enhance your symptoms – making you feel miserable and having you daydream about winter. The good news is there are cohesive ways for you to manage both.
Alla Chernenko, DO and Sharanjit Kaur, DO, family physicians at Mercy Medical Center’s Hewlett Internal Medicine, Lynbrook NY, say that the best way to manage these symptoms is to avoid triggers, be proactive with medication and be prepared. They offer the following tips:
- Stay inside when pollen counts are high. Keep the windows closed. If it's hot, use an air conditioner with a clean air filter. If you use an old filter, you run the risk of adding dust into the air.
- If you must go outside, be careful doing yard work. Gardening and raking can stir up pollens and mold. Be sure to wear a mask while you’re outside to reduce the amount of pollen and mold particles that you inhale into your lungs.
- Avoid being outside when fertilizers and pesticides are applied to lawns, trees or shrubs. Those chemicals can cause your symptoms to be elevated.
- Choose air filters wisely. Large HEPA room air filters remove smoke and other small particles from a room.
- Dust mites live in fabrics and carpets; therefore, use allergen-proof covers for your pillows. Wash your sheets and other bedding once a week in hot water. Remove wall-to-wall carpeting, if possible, and replace with hardwood floors or tile.
- Get rid of areas where dust can gather, like heavy curtains, upholstered furniture and piles of clothing.
- Control indoor humidity. If the moisture inside your house is above 40 percent then use a dehumidifier or an air conditioner. This will reduce the growth of mold and house dust mites.
- Check for pet allergies. If you have pets, get tested to see if their fur is contributing to your symptoms.
- Keep your kitchen and bathroom clean and dry. This will prevent mold.
- Start taking allergy and asthma medications in advance of the season to prevent any exacerbations. Monitor the weather and the predicted pollen counts so you can plan ahead.
For more information, visit https://mercymedicalcenter.chsli.org/hewlett-internal-medicine. Hewlett Internal Medicine is located at 306 Broadway Lynbrook, NY 11563.