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5 Summertime Asthma Tips

5 Summertime Asthma Tips

There’s no doubt that summer can be a difficult season for people with asthma. The added heat aggravates your airways, humidity makes it hard to breathe, and summer allergies trigger attacks.

At Wasatch Peak Family Practice & Oceans Contours in Layton, Utah, our board-certified providers specialize in helping patients of all ages manage asthma symptoms all year round — including during the hot summer months.

If you’re concerned about worsening asthma symptoms during the summer, keep reading to learn about what you can do to keep it under control.

1. Stay cool

Here in Utah, summer temperatures can rise well into the 90s. If you have asthma, overheating can trigger an attack. This is because your body tries to cool down by using more oxygen. For people living with asthma, this can make you feel like you’re out of breath. 

To avoid heat-induced asthma attacks, stay as cool as possible. Avoid going outside for long periods during the hottest parts of the day (10 am-4 pm). Instead, look for air-conditioned indoor spaces or areas with fans. If you do spend time outdoors, seek shade whenever possible. 

2. Avoid smoke

From barbeques to campfires to fireworks to wildfires, there’s no shortage of smoke exposure during the summer months. Unfortunately, smoke carries tiny particles that you inhale. If you have asthma, these tiny particles can trigger an attack. Fire Pits, Bonfires and Your Lungs: Safety Tips to Follow

Keep asthma attacks to a minimum by avoiding summer smoke. If you can’t avoid the smoke, try sitting or standing upwind so the smoke blows away from you. During fireworks displays, try watching from a distance instead. 

3. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

Staying hydrated is key to keeping your asthma symptoms in check. Water keeps mucus thinner, keeping your airways unclogged. In addition, if your asthma worsens with allergies, staying hydrated helps keep allergies under control. This is because your body produces more histamine when you’re dehydrated. 

In the hot summer months, your body sweats more to keep you cool. This means your body loses more water than it does in cooler weather. Keep your water content high by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. You can also munch on fruits and veggies with high water content, like watermelon, cucumbers, and daikon. 

4. Be prepared

At Wasatch Peak Family Practice & Oceans Contours, your provider works with you to create an asthma action plan. Stay ahead of summertime asthma flare-ups by following it and taking all preventive measures. 

For example, if your asthma is made worse because of summertime allergies, be sure to take oral antihistamines or use a decongestant spray as directed by your provider. Try to avoid triggers as much as possible, and keep a rescue inhaler on you or close by at all times.

In addition, you can stay one step ahead of your asthma symptoms by watching the weather and pollen count in your area. On days with extreme heat, high pollen counts, or storms, limit your time outside as much as possible. 

5. Get professional help

If you notice your asthma symptoms worsen in the hot summer months, professional medical assistance can help. The providers at Wasatch Peak Family Practice & Oceans Contours specialize in helping patients manage symptoms and minimize asthma attacks. 

Since each person’s asthma is different, no two asthma treatment plans are exactly the same. Your provider creates a personalized treatment plan based on your known triggers, asthma history, and lifestyle.

Your Wasatch Peak Family Practice & Oceans Contours provider also makes adjustments to your treatment plan if your symptoms change with the seasons. For example, if your summertime allergies make your asthma worse, your provider may recommend allergy-trigger treatments during the hot season. 

Get help managing summertime asthma by scheduling an appointment at Wasatch Peak Family Practice & Oceans Contours in Layton, Utah. You can call or message us online. 

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