What’s more fun than jumping in and rolling around a just raked, giant pile of colorful, fallen leaves? If you have asthma, that innocent pile of leaves may trigger your asthma. Mold can grow on dead leaves when they become wet, and mold can trigger asthma symptoms. Plus, the dryer, fall temperature makes it easier for mold spores to float in the air. Asthma symptoms often vary over time, due to different environmental triggers such as mold or pollen spores. Just like the leaves on a tree change, these triggers can be different throughout the four seasons of the year.
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways that carry air in and out of the lungs. Asthma causes the lining of the airways or branches of the lungs (bronchial tubes) to become inflamed and sensitive, which then causes the airways to narrow. These changes make breathing difficult and cause a feeling of not getting enough air into the lungs. Common symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, wheezing, chest tightness and excess mucus production.
There is no cure for asthma but the right asthma management plan can help you to live a healthy lifestyle. These are some of the other things that you can do to prevent and treat symptoms:
- Find your triggers and avoid them whenever possible.
- Have an asthma action plan that you worked with your doctor to prevent and treat symptoms
- Use asthma medications that your doctor prescribe to properly treat your symptoms. Use your asthma products daily to closely monitor your breathing.
- Make sure your school and child care provider have a copy of that Asthma Action Plan and know what to do if you get into trouble.
Things to consider when playing outside:
- Wear a surgical mask to help you avoid breathing mold spores into your lungs.
- Wear gloves, long sleeve shirts and long pants to keep mold off your skin.
- Remove your clothes and wash as soon as possible to limit exposure to mold spores.
Always remember that this disease can occur at any time of the year. Since your lungs are already sensitive and can react to any allergens, you are in constant danger. But with the right asthma management plan, you can spare yourself from the pain of an attack.
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