South Carolina is currently dealing with a third surge in COVID-19 cases while the fall season approaches. With fall comes an increase in pollen, mold, and other allergy and asthma triggers. Specifically, the third week in September is known as Asthma Peak Week. This is the week where asthmatics experience the most asthma symptoms or exacerbations. Preparing for Asthma Peak Week and the fall season is especially important due to the surging COVID-19 cases. The following are steps and tricks you can take to stay healthy this fall season.

Medication

Taking your asthma medication as prescribed is a key factor to controlling your asthma, but that is only part of it. Dr. Ned Rupp, a Board-Certified Allergist from National Allergy & ENT states, “knowing your medicines and how to use them” is often overlooked. However, it is an important piece to an Asthma Action Plan. For example, when using an inhaler taking the time to breathe out before breathing in the puff will help ensure you are receiving the full dose of the medication.

Avoid Your Triggers

Avoiding issues during Asthma Peak Week can be as simple as avoiding what triggers your asthma. Avoiding asthma triggers are a simple and effective way to keep your asthma under control. Knowing your asthma triggers are a key step to controlling your asthma, as it is hard to avoid something you do not know. Asthma triggers can include allergens, smoke, strong odors, and chemicals. Minimizing exposure to asthma triggers can include simple steps such as showering before going to bed or keeping doors and windows closed during peak allergy season. How you avoid your asthma triggers will depend on what they are.

Stay Healthy

Viruses are common during this time of year, and COVID-19 has put everyone on edge. Taking the necessary precautions to avoid COVID-19 will also help with avoiding other viruses and asthma exacerbations. These steps include washing your hands, wearing a face covering, and maintaining 6 feet distance of those around you. For more information on COVID-19, please visit the CDC website.

Asthma Peak Week can be difficult. If you are struggling with your asthma, an allergist at National Allergy & ENT can help. To schedule an appointment please call (843) 797-8162 or schedule online.