Do you find your asthma is worse during different seasons? Seasonal Asthma is sometimes referred to as allergic Asthma, and seasonal triggers are a contributory factor.
Changes in the weather and seasonal activities can also play a role on making symptoms worse.
If you have Asthma you may find it worsens during different seasons, this may be because seasonal allergens may trigger asthmatic symptoms, when you are allergic to something your body recognises this as an intruder and attack, this produce s immunoglobulin E (IgE). IgE an antibody that releases histamine when allergens activate it. Histamine is the cause of symptoms such as:
In people with asthma, this process may also impact their lungs and airways, causing asthmatic symptoms.
Pollen – produced by trees, grasses and weeds, pollen is a common cause of allergies and seasonal Asthma.
Pollen varies dependant on where you live and the varieties of outdoor greenery.
*Spring – Tree pollen
*Summer – Grass pollen
*Late Summer/ Autumn – Ragweed pollen
Mould and Mildew – Mould and mildew, can also cause seasonal asthmatic symptoms. Mould and mildew are both fungi, which proliferate throughout the year. However, certain molds spread more readily in dry, windy weather. Others are more likely to multiply and spread when it is damp and humid. Mould and Mildew allergies are most common during Summer and Autumn.
Mould can be found both indoors and outside. Your seasonal exposure to mould may be increased by weather conditions and lifestyle choices. For example, if you hike in damp, wooded areas during summer of fall, mould may be lurking in and under weeds and logs.
You may also be driven indoors during cold winter weather, exposing you to mould spores in the home.
Cold, blustery weather outside may impact your activities, leaving you more vulnerable to seasonal asthma.
In the winter, you may remain indoors with the windows closed. This can increase your exposure to indoor allergens, such as:
Spending time outside may also trigger asthma. Breathing in cold, dry air can dry out and irritate your airways, causing asthmatic symptoms.
Cold air can also increase production of histamine, the culprit behind allergic attacks. Exercising or walking briskly in cold air may worsen these effects.
Summer weather in the UK may be hot and dry, or hot and humid. Both types of heat can bring on seasonal asthma.
Breathing in hot, dry air can cause your airways to narrow, causing asthmatic symptoms.
Humid air is saturated with water. This type of air may also cause your airways to narrow and tighten. If you suffer with asthma you may often find it harder to breathe in humid conditions.
Heat of all kinds can increase pollution, by trapping ozone and particulate matter. Stagnant, hazy air can also trigger asthmatic symptoms, which may increase your symptoms when in the city.
The symptoms of allergic, seasonal asthma include:
If you suffer from seasonal asthma, your doctor can create a treatment plan geared towards prevention and treatment of allergic asthma attacks.
The medications used may include a combination of over-the-counter (OTC) solutions, and prescribed drugs:
Identifying your seasonal triggers and limiting your exposure to them can help reduce allergic asthma significantly. Some ways to do this include:
If you have any concerns about your Asthma please feel free to contact me for a consultation.