Summer vacation. It conjures up visions of relaxation, sports, sunny days, perhaps sand and water, or woodlands. For individuals and families with allergies & asthma though, it means extra thought and preparation before “the good times roll.” As we head full tilt into summer, here are some common sense – but commonly missed – suggestions for a healthy vacation.
Taking an active role to control your asthma involves working with your healthcare team to create and follow an asthma action plan. It also means avoiding factors that can make your asthma flare up and treating other conditions that can interfere with asthma management.
Asthma and other allergic problems are among the most common of potentially serious illnesses complicating pregnancy. Here are answers to some of the most common questions women ask about managing allergies & asthma during pregnancy.
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Do you cough, wheeze, and have a tight chest or shortness of breath when you exercise? If yes, you may have exercise-induced bronchoconstriction, also known as exercised-induced asthma. This happens when the tubes that bring air into and out of your lungs narrow with exercise, causing symptoms of asthma.
by Jeffrey Demain, MD, FAAAAI
Many people know that regular cleaning can help reduce allergy and asthma triggers in your home. But you may want to pause before you reach for that spray bottle. Some people’s allergies & asthma may be aggravated by the way they clean. Harsh chemicals may trigger asthma symptoms or allergies, and dust that is disturbed when cleaning can make the process a nightmare.
Asthma is a long-term disease that requires long-term care. Successful asthma treatment requires you to take an active role in your care. Taking an active role to control your asthma involves working with your doctor and other clinicians on your healthcare team to create and follow an asthma action plan. Children aged 10 or older – and younger children who are able – also should take an active role in their asthma care.
Asthma is probably the most common, potentially serious medical problem that occurs during pregnancy. Some studies have suggested that asthma complicates up to seven percent of all pregnancies. However, with appropriate treatment and care, the prognosis for a successful pregnancy is outstanding.