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3 Asthma & Allergy Triggers To Avoid During Seasonal Changes

While many of us look forward to enjoying the warmer months, those with seasonal allergies dread the endless sneezing, itchy noses, watery eyes, and asthma flare-ups that arrive unwanted this time of year.

Although seasonal changes can be dreaded by those living with allergies or asthma, there are ways to still enjoy the outdoors this spring and summer while avoiding severe allergy and asthma fare-ups.

Tips to Help Prevent Seasonal Allergies from Keeping You Down

Mayo Clinic offers tips to effectively navigate seasonal allergies

1. Take steps to reduce exposure to your allergen triggers

  • Stay indoors on dry, windy days- the best time to go outside is after a good rain, which helps clear pollen from the air.
  • Delegate lawn mowing among family members, weed pulling, and other gardening chores that stir up allergens.
  • Remove clothes you've worn outside; you may also want to shower to rinse pollen from your skin and hair.
  • Don't hang laundry outside — pollen can stick to sheets and towels.
  • Wear a dust mask if you do outside chores.

2. Reduce your exposure when pollen counts are high

  • If high pollen counts are forecasted, start taking allergy medications before your symptoms start.
  • Close doors and windows at night or any other time when pollen counts are high.
  • Avoid outdoor activity in the early morning when pollen counts are highest.

3. Keep your indoor air clean

  • Use the air conditioning in your house and car.
  • If you have forced air heating or air conditioning in your house, use high-efficiency filters and follow regular maintenance schedules.
  •  Keep indoor air dry with a dehumidifier.
  • Use a portable high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter in your bedroom.
  •  Clean floors often with a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter.

Even if you take these precautions, an allergic reaction or an asthmatic episode can still happen. That’s why investing in a service like MedicAlert is important for an extra layer of protection and peace of mind.

We’ve got you covered

How can MedicAlert help you? MedicAlert is peace of mind, knowing that your loved one is protected during an allergic reaction. With a MedicAlert ID and membership, your loved one’s medical history, action plan and emergency info are stored, safe and secure, in their MedicAlert profile. So, if they do experience an allergic reaction, their medical ID will provide an emergency response team with the necessary information to keep your loved one safe.

How does it work? Emergency response teams are trained to look for a MedicAlert ID. Should your loved one experience an allergic reaction, accessing the MedicAlert ID number on the bracelet or necklace will connect first responders to MedicAlert’s 24/7 Emergency Response Team. When seconds count, MedicAlert will relay the member’s critical medical history and list of emergency contacts, providing first responders with a detailed health record and action plan.