Avoiding 4th of July Asthma and Allergy Flare-Ups
Fireworks, picnics, and parades are the usual Fourth of July traditions for many people but for those who suffer from allergies and asthma, these activities could be a bother, and can be dangerous. Here, we list some of the triggers you that you need to be aware of (if you have allergies and asthma) and help prevent flare-ups and enjoy the holiday.
Fireworks, campfires and barbecues are fun activities, but smoke can trigger an asthma flare-up/ Maintain a safe distance from fireworks and campfires. If you’re visiting a friend or a relative, be upfront about your asthma or allergy, so that they can make adjustments too on their end. Also, do not forget to bring your inhaler at all times.
Aside from celebrating Independence Day, July is also summer time, which means outdoor activities are in. Be very careful going camping especially of insect bites and stings. Insect venom can cause serious or life-threatening reactions that require immediate medical attention. Facial swelling and respiratory difficulties are signs of a severe allergy that require administration of epinephrine and evaluation of an allergist.
Since it’s summer, some people prefer celebrating the Fourth of July swimming in the pool. Chlorine can cause allergy-like symptoms such as itchy eyes. For individuals who suffer from asthma, chlorine may also cause respiratory difficulties. If the skin gets irritated, wash the affected area with clean water and hypoallergenic soap. Severe or more serious symptoms may need prescription corticosteroid creams.
A rise in temperature can also cause an asthma attack. Be aware of environmental temperatures and consider celebrating indoors on particularly hot, humid days. Skin problems may also arise, such as rashes from sweating and heat, and even sunburn.
Mold are common in late summer and fall. Avoid walking on freshly-mowed grass or dry, dusty athletic field which could increase exposure to mold.
The top pollen in many areas during summer is grass pollen. Northern areas of the U.S. have grasses that pollinate in late spring or early summer. In the south, grasses may even pollinate throughout many seasons. Be sure to check your pollen count, before going out especially if you have an allergy or asthma.