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Asthma

Seasonal Asthma

07/25/2007

Question:

My husband is 28 and has been suffering with this seasonal asthma since last 7-8 years. we have consulted doctors and they say its a pollen allergy. pls advice the treatment for this as it occurs every year durint oct-nov.

Answer:

Allergies are a common trigger for those with asthma.  It is important to aggressively treat allergies to prevent an asthma flare-up or attack.   Many find it helpful to know exactly what they are allergic to.  Allergy testing can be done through a blood test or by an allergist using skin testing.  Allergies can be treated in the following ways:

If you show a pattern of flare-ups with your asthma during a certain season, some physicians will start asthma medicines just before your allergy season and continue them until your allergy season is over.  Others, will start the asthma medicines at the first sign of a flare-up.  Symptoms of uncontrolled asthma include awakening at night more than 2 times a week due to your breathing or having daytime asthma symptoms more than twice a month.

It is helpful to talk with your provider about the allergy and asthma pattern you have noticed so an asthma plan can be developed.  An asthma action plan tells you what to do if your asthma starts to get worse.  It also tells you when you should call your doctor or go to the emergency room. 

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Response by:

Cathy   Benninger, RN, MS, APRN, C-AE Cathy Benninger, RN, MS, APRN, C-AE
Clinical Assistant Professor
Director, OSU Asthma Center Educational Program
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University