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Love Spring; Hate Asthma in the Spring?

Ashley Gudgel, Executive Director – BreatheAmerica Albuquerque Spring in New Mexico can be a beautiful time of year.  Many people love the mild weather and sunshine, but our winds can take your breath away, literally.  For children and adults spring can be a time of living with active asthma, including more coughing, wheezing or serious asthma attacks.  The triggers in the spring are not only from our winds, but also dry air and pollen from flowering trees and plants which add insult to injury for asthma suffers.  Triggers may cause airways to tighten in the lungs, making breathing difficult.

Here are some steps you can take to avoid pollen during the spring:

  • Check the pollen count to determine how much outside activity is necessary.
  • Keep the windows closed in your home, car and office if possible.  Use your home or car air-conditioner.  Change your air-conditioner filters often.
  • Avoid outside activity during the morning hours when the pollen count is highest.
  • Consider using an air purifier with a HEPA filter to keep your home or office free from pollen.
  • Keep your grass cut short. Wear a pollen blocking mask when mowing, or better yet, have someone else mow.
  • Don’t hang your clothes or linens out to dry. Instead use a clothes dryer as pollen may collect on items hung out to dry.