The holiday season can gift you with more than you’ve wished for if you have allergies and asthma. Holiday traditions, such as Christmas trees, menorahs, and poinsettia plants, can cause symptoms. Those hosting holi-day gatherings can also unknowingly present guests with the gift of sneeze. Here are six tips to help you have the least amount of allergens in your home when you invite guests over during the holiday season.
Triggers are a part of everyday life. Asthma attacks can be triggered by things like mold growing in your bathroom or tiny dust mites that live in blankets, pillows, or your child’s stuffed animals. Here’s a breakdown of common asthma triggers and what you can do to get rid of them.
Most women with asthma do very well during pregnancy. There is good evidence that having asthma does not increase your chances of having a baby with birth defects or of having multiple births. Furthermore, studies show that asthma can be controlled with medication during pregnancy with little or no risk to you or your baby. Together, you and your doctor will determine the best ways to safely manage your asthma, including weighing the benefits of all medication you take versus the risks of those medications to both you and your unborn baby.
Clean air is an important health concern for all of us. But when you have asthma, air quality indoors and out can make all the difference in the world. Car exhaust, smoke, road dust, and factory emissions can make outdoor air dangerous, while tobacco smoke, dust mites, molds, cockroaches, pet dander, and household chemicals are just a few of the indoor hazards. Unhealthy air can create a difficult barrier to asthma management.
All during the year, the possibility exists for people with respiratory problems to have allergy and asthma attacks. During the holiday season, however, more hidden dangers to health exist. Here are some tips for everyone – especially those who have asthma, allergies, or other respiratory diseases – to stay healthy during the holiday season.
by Stephen Apaliski, MD
While allergic asthma triggers only cause problems for people who are allergic to them, non-allergic triggers can be called equal opportunity offenders. What do I mean by this? When you are allergic, it is like having the key that turns the switch that starts the engine of asthmatic inflammation. No key (no allergy), no inflammation. With non-allergic triggers (especially the irritants listed below), no key is necessary. The irritant itself pushes a start button that turns the engine on directly. In short, if you have asthma, any of the triggers listed here can harm or affect you. You need not be allergic.
If you have asthma, you can minimize your symptoms and improve your quality of life by avoiding your asthma triggers and working with your doctor to develop a treatment plan.
Staying active and exercising has many benefits to your overall health and well-being, but if you have asthma, you may feel the need to limit your activity to avoid symptoms. Understanding your symptoms and how to manage them is the first step to creating an asthma management plan to keep you in the game.