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Asthma Awareness Month

Hi, I’m Doctor Priya Bansal, Allergy and Immunology. I’m coming to you today again, as part of Asthma Awareness Month, to try to bring some light into the connection between allergies and asthma.

Many people think that just because they have asthma or symptoms when they exercise, it doesn’t relate to other things going on in the environment. However, that’s kind of a misnomer.

Asthma can be triggered by viruses. It can be triggered by exercise as you know. It can also be triggered by pollen and different allergens in the air. As well as irritants such as smoke or fragrances.

So, it’s not necessarily one thing that is going to make you feel ill.

Especially, this is especially important in this season. As many of our children and us start to be outside a little more, whether it be ourselves gardening or our children playing spring and summer sports such as soccer or going into the summer, into swimming or baseball.

There’s a lot of things that happen when you are outdoors when you’re exposed to more of the pollen. So if you do have an allergen component to this, it can make your underlying asthma worse. So at times you may think, “Hey, this is just because I am outside doing a sport exercising.” When in fact, this is actually being caused by some of the allergens in the environment.

What can you do?

What is something that you can do, short of taking medication? So we know that if this gets worse, of course see your physician. Like your family physician or internist or see your allergist and we are definitely going to be out there to help you.

But things you can do on your own are: If you are outside for a long period of time, make sure when you come in, take a shower. Try to get all of the pollen washed off of you. Don’t be sleeping in it.

If you have pets that are playing outside and coming inside the house, make sure you wipe them down. So once again, they’re not bringing the pollen into the house.

Other things that you can do, definitely try to pre-medicate before you have a sporting event. So that when you are there the breathing or anything doesn’t get much worse.

So these are little tips and little trades that you can do on your own to have a better and more safe health condition. As well as keep your internal environment more safe for you as well.

So thanks so much and I look forward to talking to you soon.

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