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Summer events, like the 4th of July, are a great time to get together with family and friends to celebrate. If you have asthma, be aware of possible triggers around you and take steps to prevent flare-ups.

1. Fireworks

Fireworks are a traditional way to celebrate the holiday. But fireworks create smoke and small particulate matter that contributes to air pollution which can trigger asthma. Consider watching firework displays from an indoor location.

2. Smoke from Barbecues or Fire Pits

Like fireworks, smoke from fires such as barbecues, bonfires or fire pits can also  trigger asthma. If you are hosting the party, consider cooking indoors. If you are attending someone else's party, try to stay out of the path of smoke. 

3. Pollen

The top pollen in many areas during the summer is grass pollen. In northern regions of the United States, grasses usually pollinate in the late spring or early summer. In southern regions, grasses may pollinate throughout many seasons and could trigger symptoms throughout the year. Follow our ten tips for managing grass pollen allergy.

4. Scents

Scented products also contribute to air pollution and can trigger asthma. You may encounter:

  • scented candles (like those to used to repel bugs outdoors)
  • scented oil in tiki torches
  • strong perfume or cologne on other guests
  • odor-hiding fragrances and air fresheners

If scents trigger your asthma, you may need to send a polite request to the host in advance of the party to ask that they not use these types of products. It's not a fun celebration for anyone if a guest experiences breathing distress during a party.

AAFA wishes you a safe and happy celebration!

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