Warm weather is making its way across the country as summertime is approaching. Last year, much of the nation was bunkered down inside their homes as the COVID virus ran rampant. Cases of COVID-19 are finally on the decline, meaning that recreational activities will likely resume. As communities throughout the nation reopen and resume recreational activities, Americans are eager to get outdoors.
Many Americans have expressed the desire to get back in shape and exercise to lose extra pounds they have gained.. How can people with asthma and seasonal allergies exercise when symptoms are put a damper on outdoor fun?
Tips to Avoid Allergy Triggers
The following tips are designed to help minimize your allergy and asthma symptoms:
- Check the weather for updates to know when the pollen count is high.
- Avoid going outside on windy days.
- Have someone else cut your grass and complete other lawn chores.
To get the exercise your body needs, and avoid triggers, you should look into joining an indoor fitness facility. Many gyms now offer 24 hour facilities so that you can exercise on your own schedule.
Manage Your Asthma
The most important step in preventing asthma and allergy symptoms is to take your medication properly. This is crucial in managing your asthma and will prevent complications in the future. Use your regular inhaler every day, whether you think you need to or not. This inhaler is designed to prevent the occurrence and severity of asthma attacks.
Use your emergency rescue inhaler only as necessary. If you are using it more than 2x per week then your asthma is not being effectively managed.
Be proactive in your asthma treatment by keeping a log of your asthma symptoms. You should record how often they occur, the severity of symptoms, and how often you have to use your rescue inhaler. This information will help your doctor adjust your treatment plan.
Over-the-Counter (OTC) Allergy Medications
In addition to taking your asthma medication as prescribed, it is also a good idea to try OTC medications. Allergy medications, such as Allegra, can ease symptoms of itchy, watery eyes, and discomfort. OTC decongestants, such as Sudafed, can relieve congestion.
Active ingredients vary among these medications so you may have to try several to find the one that works best for you.
Urgent Care Centers Can Help
If OTC allergy medications are not relieving your symptoms you may need a prescription medication. Stop by your local urgent care center today and let our medical professionals get you relief from your allergy and asthma symptoms.
Asthma and allergy symptoms strike without warning. Urgent care providers understand that this can be a frightening experience. Urgent Care Centers welcome patients to be seen on a walk-in basis. This means we are always ready to help if you experience an episode of asthma and allergy symptoms.