It’s no wonder you hear a lot of sneezing during allergy season; the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) estimates that 50 million Americans suffer from some type of allergy every year.
For patients with chronic lung diseases, allergies can be particularly challenging to deal with. They can make it even harder to breathe, and they can also cause increased airway inflammation. Since chronic lung disease patients already have breathing issues, the addition of allergy-related symptoms can be a serious concern. However, there are some things you can do to minimize the effects allergies have on your lung health.
Do You Know When Allergy Season Is?
Chronic lung disease patients should know when allergy season happens. Technically, allergies can flare up at any time of year due to dust mites, mold spores, pet dander or other common allergens. However, patients who are allergic to plant pollen can count on dealing with this allergen from approximately May through the first frost of fall.
For instance, tree pollen tends to be in the air from late March to early April, and grasses are releasing theirs through most of May. July and August are the time most weeds, such as dandelions, are putting pollen into the air. Then, ragweed pollen will begin filling the air from late August until the first fall frost.
3 Tips for Chronic Lung Disease Patients During Allergy Season
Once you know when the particular allergen that affects you is out in the air, there are 3 tips you can follow that can help reduce the effects allergies have on your lungs.
Know What Allergies You Have
As you can see, dealing with allergies can be a yearlong process, but it can be much easier if you know which specific allergens make your nose tickle. To find out which allergens you’re susceptible to, visit an allergist and have yourself tested with common allergens.
Avoid Going Outside at Certain Times of Day
After you’ve found out which plant pollen and other allergens you’re allergic to, you may want to avoid going outside during the times when they’re heaviest. For plant pollen, this is typically between 5 and 10 a.m. You may want to be especially wary about going out between these times when the day is dry and warm because pollen counts tend to be higher.
Find Ways to Protect Yourself
There are several ways that you can protect your lungs from allergy symptoms: You can talk to your doctor about allergy medicines that can help. Also, you can wear a face mask when you go out. After all, if the pollen can’t get in your nose or mouth, you’re less likely to experience problematic allergy symptoms.
Chronic Lung Disease Patients Can Find Help at Lung Health Institute
Lung Health Institute offers several treatment options for people with chronic lung diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). We offer Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™ plans, which are designed to naturally boost the immune system. They’re also intended to help the body fight inflammation using fats. We also offer minimally invasive cellular therapy that’s designed to promote healing in damaged tissue and reduce inflammation by using your body’s own cells.
Take the next step to Breathe Easier™. Contact one of our patient coordinators today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.