Each year it seems as though pollen begins to become a problem earlier and earlier. It is the beginning of March, and already the pollen count is in the moderate to high levels for both grass and tree pollen. Recognizing the early allergy season is important for those with asthma because it can influence your symptoms and can cause exacerbations.

Recognizing Triggers

The key to controlling your asthma, especially during an early allergy season, is to understand what triggers your asthma. If you have oak pollen allergies and asthma, your asthma will be affected by the increase of oak pollen. When you encounter your trigger, it can cause your airways to tighten, causing exacerbations of your asthma. Pollen and allergies are not the only triggers for asthma. Other triggers include pollution, tobacco smoke, stress, weather, and others depending on the person.

Treatment

Seeing an allergist and doing an allergy test is important. Allergy testing will help you recognize other triggers that might impact your asthma. An allergist can help you identify your asthma triggers and find the best treatment plan for your needs. Treatments can include avoiding asthma triggers and medications such as corticosteroids, inhalers, biologics, and more. Managing asthma exacerbations will have a huge impact on quality of life, but it can sometimes seem impossible. Those experiencing asthma exacerbations during this early allergy season may want to turn to a different style of treatment: Research.

National Allergy & ENT’s Research department is currently enrolling for multiple asthma studies. Participating in research will allow you to experience the latest in treatments while being compensated and treated by an experienced staff. Treatment is no cost to you and insurance is not necessary. Adults with a diagnosis of asthma for at least a year may qualify for a paid research study. Those interested can reach out to Michael at (843) 576-7485 or the Research department at (843) 261-2222. You can also fill out an interest form here.

Sources: Allergy & Asthma Network, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America