Seasonal asthma is when we experince inflammation and constriction of the airways caused by allergens such as pollen. Pollen appears in the air around spring time and can lasts throughout the summer.
As the trees start to bloom and the pollen gets airborne, they start to affect people who suffer from allergies and asthma causing irritations, such as sneezing and coughing, which is what causes the inflammation and constriction of the airways.
Seasonal asthma can also be refered to when our asthma is affected by colds and flu virus, which usually occurres during the colder months of the year. This is why it is extremely important to keep our immune system healthy, which could help keep cold and flu away, thus, keeping asthma under control as a bonus! :) Your doctor/GP should also provide you with a flu vaccination around the cold months period to help your body fight against cold and flu viruses.
What are the symptoms?
As asthma is a disease that cannot be cured, you can experience symptoms or even an attack at any time of the year. However, there are certain periods of the year where you will find that your asthma symptoms are persistent. I personally find my asthma symptoms more severe during the spring and summer time, causing me to sneeze A LOT, which irritates my lungs, causes inflammation and constriction. Symptoms of seasonal asthma are caused by certain triggers of the year and these include:
Wheezing - A whistling sound made when breathing
Tightness in the chest - Triggers caused by irritation in the lungs, which causes lung inflammation
Coughing - Can also be a result of irritation of the lungs
Chest pain - Caused by constriction of the airways
Shortness of breath - restriction of the airways
Mucus build up - Irritation in the lungs causing mucus production
Constant sneezing - Caused by the pollen season
Are there any treatments for seasonal asthma?
There are treatments available to help with seasonal asthma. These include the flu vaccination, allergy medications, which you could purchase at a chemist or pharmacy, natural home remedies for asthma and last but not lease your medications for asthma, ie your inhalers. Boost your immune system by keeping colds and flu away and you will effectively help keep your asthma under control. You can achieve this by eating a lot of fruits that are particularly high in vitamin C ie oranges, West Indian cherries, apricots, tangerines, mandarins and grapefruits.
If you suffer from allergies and asthma like myself, you will find that allergens, such as dust, cause asthma flare ups. This is most common during the spring to summer time period. If your asthma is mostly affected during this time of year, there are a few things you can do to support yourself with this disease. Visit my
tips for reducing allergies and asthma article and learn how to keep symptoms under control. You can also use an air purifier to eliminate pollen and dust in your home.
some warm tea right now and this brings me to my final tip. Why not keep your body warm with a nice hot cup of tea/hot chocolate just before your bedtime!