Spring Asthma

Asthma Week 1st – 7th September 2018 #asthmaweek

Managing your asthma this spring

Spring is here and with it comes all sorts of asthma and allergy triggers, being aware of your triggers for example: pollens, air pollution, bush fires, temperature changes and thunderstorms. While asthma can’t be cured, for most people it can be controlled and with the correct knowledge and medication you can live a very normal active life.

Managing your spring asthma means taking control of your asthma, medications such as preventers and puffers help the airways to be less sensitive, reduce swelling, relieves symptoms of asthma by opening up the airways and help reduce mucus.

Remember some medications have side effects e.g. preventer may cause sore throat, hoarse voice, and puffers have common side effects of increased heart rate, shaking hands. Always remember to have a few sips of water after your inhaler to wash the medicine down out of your throat and use a spacer to reduce these symptoms.

When your asthma is under control you can enjoy life knowing your body and how asthma affects you from day to day. Asthma Australia’s guidelines for controlled asthma are as follows, if you are not quite here yet Asthma Australia suggests you contact your GP for an asthma action plan or asthma review:

  • You have symptoms on no more than two days a week
  • You need your reliever medicine no more than two days a week, or not at all
  • Your activities aren’t limited by your asthma
  • You don’t get any symptoms at night or when you wake up

Have a good sleep hyenine routine in the bedroom which includes a dust and dust-mite free JellyFish hypoallergenic, antibacterial and antimicrobial healthy mattress, wash your mattress protector and sheet regularly in hot water and put through the dryer on hot for at least 10 minutes to kill dust – mite allergens.

Regularly remove dust from your bedroom with a damp cloth being careful not to dust with a duster so you don’t spread dust and allergens all over the room, vacuum carpets regularly with a vacuum that has a good quality hepa filter. Ideally no carpets or curtains in the bedroom to reduce the amounts of dust and dust-mites causing asthma triggers in these areas.

*Information from Asthma Australia website, there are many useful links and information available.