Upper respiratory conditions aren't uncommon, especially during the winter months. The most common diagnosis at an urgent care center in 2012 was actually upper respiratory conditions. But when you have asthma, your life may be centered around upper respiratory concerns. This is why it's so important to avoid asthma triggers whenever possible so you can stay out of the medical clinic. So to help you out, we've compiled a short list of a few common asthma triggers seen in the fall season.
Cold air: As the temperatures begin to drop, the cold air itself can be an easy trigger for asthma sufferers. When the air is cold, the airways in the lungs can actually become constricted. So breathing in the cold air can be difficult for those even without asthma. And while going outside isn't avoidable, you should take extra precautions on cold days. You should consider wearing a scarf or zipping your coat up all the way to cover your mouth. This way, you can avoid breathing in the cold air directly.
Yard work: When you're outside raking leaves, you may unknowingly be breathing in mold. Wet, dead leaves are the perfect place for mold to grow. So when you're raking leaves, you're releasing the mold spores into the air. Breathing in mold, whether it's outside or in your home, can trigger an asthma attack. So consider wearing a dust mask when you're doing yard work to minimize the risk of triggering your asthma.
Smoke: During the colder months, bonfires, campfires, and fireplaces are often used for warmth. Unfortunately, smoke from fires is a big trigger for asthma. If possible, avoid using smoke-producing sources of heat in favor of normal heaters. But if you are around a smokey fire, remember to stay back and stay out of the direction the wind is blowing to decrease the risk of triggering asthma.
Asthma can be difficult to deal with, particularly when it seems like you're surrounded by possible asthma triggers. But if you keep these triggers in mind and visit a local medical clinic for more advice, you can enjoy the cool, fall weather without triggering your asthma.