Children are back in school and travel agents are advertising winter getaways. These are all signs that summer is over, fall is starting and temperatures are changing. How should you get ready for the change in seasons if you have asthma and allergies?
Here are five tips to help you manage your asthma and allergy care as fall arrives:
1. Prepare your home. During colder months, set your thermostat to a warmer temperature. Clean to reduce allergies. If you’re in a warmer location, this is a good time to have your air conditioner cleaned. Make sure to avoid going outside during the hottest points in the day.
2. Know how your indoor and outdoor allergic triggers change in the fall. For people with allergies and asthma, the change from summer to fall can pose challenges. Try to prepare for your seasonal allergy symptoms as far in advance as possible. Check with your doctor about how seasonal changes may affect your allergies.
3. Dress for the weather change. Stay mindful of the air outside. Temperatures may shift, so bring extra layers and stay comfortable.
4. Check with your doctor before starting or changing an exercise program. Take precautions on how and where to exercise.
5. Receive your recommended vaccinations. The fall months are often associated with flu, pneumonia, Tdap and shingles.
For additional information, see the Tips for Better Health This Fall Pocket CompanionThe Coalition for Medicare Choices and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America created the Pocket Companion. Other resources from AAFA and the Coalition for Medicare Choices include the Respiratory Health and Care Coordination Pocket Companion.