Air Quality and Its Affect on Asthma
As most Utahans know, our air quality can be poor, especially in the colder months of the year. Breathing in car exhaust, smoke, emissions from the refineries, and dust can lead to complications with asthma, allergies, and other respiratory problems. If you have asthma, the smog and soot in the air can act as asthma triggers, making symptoms difficult to manage. Although the air quality is generally out of your control, the best line of defense against an asthma episode is knowledge. If you’re able to monitor your symptoms and keep them under control, you might be less likely to experience an asthma flare-up in response to poor air quality. It is important to pay attention to asthma warning signs and know what feels normal for you.
Also, tracking the air quality forecast every day can help you determine when it is safest to spent time outside. If the air quality falls into orange or higher, try to limit your outdoor exercise and strenuous activity until the forecast clears up. People who are especially sensitive to air pollutants should take extra precautions in the outdoors, especially around pollution hotspots such as busy streets and highways.
If your symptoms get worse or your asthma flare-ups become more frequent, it may be time to speak with a doctor about treatment methods and self-management tools. He or she can help you create an asthma management plan that provides your list of triggers, medications, and detailed instructions on early treatment of asthma symptoms.
If you or a family member suffers from asthma and related problems, work with your asthma/allergy specialist in order to optimize control of your breathing problems. Feel free to contact us to see what we can do to help at www.wasatchallergy.com/air-quality-vs-asthma/.