Spring is the season where the weather warms, flowers begin to bloom and there’s an overall sense of new beginning in the air.
However, for many people, spring can be a difficult time. This is particularly so for people with asthma and/or allergies as during spring there is often an increased amount of pollen in the air which may trigger hay fever symptoms or an asthma flare-up or attack.
Did you know that about 80 per cent of people that have asthma also have allergies.
People with uncontrolled allergies and asthma are more likely to get symptoms and touch their face more frequently due to a runny nose, cough and irritated eyes.
This is known to be a way people can be infected by COVID-19, so it’s even more important to manage your asthma and allergies this season.
Asthma preventer medications and nasal steroid sprays are effective in reducing symptoms but do take a few weeks to be fully effective, which is why we are encouraging people with asthma and/or allergies to get spring ready.
For more information on how to manage your asthma and allergies, call 1800 ASTHMA (1800 278 462) and speak with an asthma educator or visit asthma.org.au/spring-asthma
Contributed by Asthma Australia