Fall Can Mean Breathing Problems
Posted on October 1, 2018
Fall in New York. There’s nothing quite like it. Sweater weather, the trees in Central Park changing colors, pumpkin-flavored everything and, of course, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. What’s not to love? Turns out, however, that although many people love fall, those living with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other lung conditions often struggle to breathe during this season. Find out why the fall can cause lung conditions to flare in this blog from Park Avenue Stem Cell.
Fall Asthma Triggers
Pollen. Although many plants and vegetation die off during the fall, other things are blooming and producing pollen. This pollen can trigger breathing problems and asthma attacks. One of the ways we suggest you limit your exposure to pollen is by staying inside as much as possible from the mid-morning until late afternoon. If you are outside during these peak pollen times, use an antihistamine allergy medication to lower your chance of flares, and rinse out your nasal passages when you come inside with a Neti pot or saline nasal spray. You may also want to add an air filter to your house or apartment to filter out pollen.
Mold. As we said, vegetation dies off in the fall, which produces high amounts of mold. It also rains in the fall, which means wet leaves piling up begin to produce mold spores. For those living with lung conditions, mold can cause breathing difficulties. You can limit your exposure to mold by wearing a mask to keep mold out of your nose and by showering immediately after you get home for the day to rinse mold away.
Cold Air. Fall means cooler temperatures, which in turn cause your airway to constrict. This causes asthma attacks and difficulty breathing for those living with COPD. Protect yourself by covering your mouth and nose with a scarf when you head outside.
Fires. If you head out of the city this fall to the Hamptons or the Berkshires or anywhere else in the country, you may find yourself around a campfire. Fall weather is perfect for fires and s’mores, after all. If you are living with asthma or another lung condition, you may want to take a seat away from the fire, because smoke is a lung irritant.
An Increased Risk of Illness. If you are living with asthma or other breathing conditions, you know that colds, flu and other viruses can cause you breathing problems. Increase handwashing and limit exposure to sick people. We also recommend that you get a flu shot.
Fall Is the Perfect Time for Regenerative Treatment
Breathing issues this fall may have you reaching for your inhaler more frequently, but have you thought about personal cell therapy instead? Don’t sit out from your favorite activities – or just living your best life – this fall! Instead of depending on an inhaler, try regenerative medicine with Dr. Joel Singer. These treatments from Park Avenue Stem Cell Center can reduce inflammation in your lungs, which helps you breathe easier when you are exposed to triggers.
Learn more by calling Park Avenue Stem Cell today at 888-386-4751 for a consultation.