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Summer is a season of fun, sunshine, and relaxation, but for those who suffer from asthma, it can also be a season of coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition that affects millions of people worldwide, causing inflammation and narrowing of the airways, leading to breathing difficulties. In this blog post, we will discuss some senior home care tips and strategies for managing asthma during summer, so you can enjoy the season without compromising your health.

  1. Understand Your Triggers

The first step in managing your asthma during the summer is to identify your triggers. For some people, exposure to pollen, grass, or mold can cause flare-ups, while others may be triggered by high humidity levels or changes in temperature. By understanding your triggers, you can take steps to avoid them or minimise your exposure to them.

     2. Keep Your Inhaler with You

It’s crucial to always keep your inhaler with you, especially when you’re outdoors. Asthma attacks can happen suddenly and unexpectedly, and having your inhaler on hand can help you manage symptoms quickly. Pack your inhaler in a small bag or purse for easy access if you’re planning a day trip or outdoor activity.

      3. Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated is essential for everyone during the summer months, but it’s especially crucial for those with asthma. Dehydration can cause the airways to narrow, leading to breathing difficulties. Ensure you drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially when outside in the sun or engaging in physical activity.

      4. Avoid Smoke and Polluted Areas

Smoke and air pollution can irritate the airways and trigger asthma symptoms. If you’re spending time outdoors, avoid areas with heavy traffic or industrial sites. Also, stay away from cigarette smoke and other sources of smoke, including barbecues and campfires.

      5. Monitor the Air Quality

Air quality monitoring can help you plan your day and avoid exposure to pollutants or allergens. Check the local air quality index (AQI) before heading outside and try to stay indoors on days when the AQI is high. You can also sign up for alerts or download an AQI app to stay informed.

       6. Use Air Conditioning

Air conditioning can help reduce humidity levels and filter out airborne allergens and pollutants. If you’re spending time indoors, keep your windows closed and use an air conditioner or air purifier to keep the air clean and cool.

These are just a handful of ways to help manage your asthma during the summer months. If you need further senior care ideas or suggestions, call Royalty Care today at (705)-725-1600 to find out!