How do you handle being outside this time of year? Does it trigger your asthma?

It seems like there is a lot going on this time of year and much of it is outside.  Whether your kids (or grandkids) play sports (and you're outside for games) or you're just outside playing with the kids or you want to enjoy the warmer weather or…. you get the picture.

How do you manage your asthma when you're spending time outdoors?


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  • Pljohns

    This is one area that I'm one of the lucky ones-I'm not allergic to anything.  My asthma is non-allergic-less than 5% of the people with asthma have this type.  It can never been controlled because you have no allergic triggers BUT it sure does make getting outside nice!  I still push mower cut the grass and pretty much do anything outside that I want to.  As long as the cold air isn't blowing in my face and there is no super strong smell anywhere, I'm good to go.  

    It's a pain because you never know what will trigger it but least I can honestly say I have no allergies.  I've been tested for every kind of allergy there is and everything comes back clean.  It's a double edge sword but you learn to deal with what your felt.  It can always be worse!

  • Kathy P

    I can see where it would be a double-edged sword. Mine is very much allergy triggered, so I do have some control about what situations I put myself in. But I can't avoid everything all the time!So I take my allergy meds, get allergy shots, use nasal rinse and hope for the best!

  • Jen

    pljohns – Does doing yardwork seem to trigger it – because of the exercise, not allergens?

    If you do have plans to be outside for an extended period, what do you do if there is a lot of cold air?

  • Pljohns

    I'm lucky-I can do yard work all day with no problems at all-I still push mower our yar (and it's 3/4 acre with a 30 degree slope in the back) but I LOVE it and it's exercise I can do.  I love to work outside and have no problems getting the chain saw after trees, digging up bushes and whatever needs to be done. 

    I can't be out during the cold weather-it just hurts too bad so if there is a cold wind I just can't do it.  I'm pretty much limited to summer yard work.  If I have to be out for an extended time in the cold, I have several wool scarves that I wrap my face in so the air is at least somewhat warm and if it's something I know is coming, I sometimes will do an albuteral treatment prior to it.

  • Joyce Bliefernich

    I wasn't diagnosed with Asthma until I was 30 yrs old. It didn't help that my Mom smoked when she was pregnant with me nor the fact that both of my parents smoked when I was growing up. So I was exposed to a lot of second hand smoke. I had seasonal allergies as a kid, but I really didn't have serious problems until I moved from the West Coast to the East Coast. Then I developed severe allergies, to include not only seasonal, but now food allergies and really bad asthma. I am on the highest dose of medications to treat asthma. Living on the East Coast is particularly problematic during the hot humid Summer (some days just walking from my car to my office is a challenge to breathe). The other season that is really hard for me is Winter. The cold dry air is really awful to breathe in. Now that we are going into Spring, my pollen and flowering allergies are just starting to kick in. Not looking forward to Spring. I enjoy so much being outside, but sometimes I have to stay indoors because of my Asthma. 


  • K8sMom2002

    Joyce, I hear you on the second hand smoke!

    When I was growing up, it wasn't unusual for us to go on a several-hour car trip, the windows rolled up, and my parents chain smoking the whole way. They had no idea it was so bad for us, or that my mom, my sister and I even had asthma. 

    I hear you as well on each month having its own struggles.. Winter's cold air will trigger asthma attacks, and spring's pollen and sudden temperature spikes will do the same thing. Summer's heavy humid air (I live in Ga, where it can get super hot and its super humid) is really hard to deal with. Each season has its pitfalls. 

    PLJohns, glad you can mow grass! And I totally get the double-edged sword. Each type of asthma has its saving graces, but it would be so cool if we could wave a magic wand and ALL asthma would be gone.

  • Jen

    @Joyce Bliefernich Do you take any medication to help with your seasonal allergies?

    AAFA just put out a blog post with .

  • K8sMom2002

    Jen, I don't do well at ALL. There's a sweet spot for me — too cool and dry, and I have an asthma attack, too hot and humid and I have an asthma attack. Here in south Georgia, I have about all of 30 seconds of spring to enjoy.

    But I HAVE found that I can go out late in the evening and the air seems cool enough that it offsets the humidity, at least for now. The temps are hovering in the upper 80s and low 90s, and we haven't gotten to those triple digit highs yet. 

  • Pljohns

    I'm right there with you on that too-I haven't found my sweet spot yet-the humidity and weather changes in Alabama dont' agree with my lungs.  The evenings are still to muggy for me to go out, during the day it's the heat and first thing in the morning it just feels damp.

  • K8sMom2002

    Thought about you a LOT today … for some reason, my voice is really going, and I sound like a croaky frog. I guess it's the pollen, but for whatever reason, I don't have much voice. I hope it doesn't go completely!

  • Jen

    We have temps in the upper to mid 90's for the next few days, with the heat index creeping into the triple digits.  Anyone else dealing with similar temperatures?

  • K8sMom2002

    Heat advisories through Saturday.  

    What are some strategies that everyone uses to beat the heat?

    IOne thing that has worked for me in the past is when I absolutely have to be out in the heat, I use those evaporative cooling towels around my neck. It really does help me.

  • Pljohns

    I hadn't thought about those-I have 3 but never thought about it.  i try to avoid it or make them late afternoon/early evening or early AM trips out.  This heat and humidity is awful!

  • DD

    I have severe allergic asthma… plus newly diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.  Both seem to be inter-related to my immune system.  I live in South Carolina now and the humidity is what gets me in the summer.  I avoid being outside in the afternoon and early evening,  This my husband does not understand nor will he speak to my doc about.  It drives me nuts that he is such a me, me me person right now,  I am doing my best…. any thoughts?

  • Jen

    HI DD, 

    Welcome to AAFA's support forums.  That is frustrating that your dh doesn't understand your need to be inside.  Has he seen you struggling with your asthma?

  • DD

    Yes, but it is usually all about him and how it impacts him.  I am dealing with it so so…

  • Kathy P

    Hugs DD. I'm sorry your husband is not being supportive of your needs. Is that his usual personality or has something changed?

    Ugh it's hot again here this weekend! I need to check what the forecast is for the week. I just stay inside, but we don't have AC so it can get interesting!

    Today we went out for a bike ride. We went out early before it got super hot – still in the mid-60s. We also went toward the water where it tends to stay a little cooler. It was quite hot by the time we were done though (85F according to the weather app) because we stopped for brunch and then rode some more. 

  • K8sMom2002

    , DD! I've "seen" you on a couple of other threads, but I'll wave again, here!

    If South Carolina weather is anything like Georgia weather, it's super hot and humid and muggy. This AM before 8 am, it was super sticky already. Hugs on the weather and the DH … 

    Kathy, mid 60s! I'm so jealous! Our LOW last night was 77 degrees. Heat index now says it feels like 107, but it's "only" 93. Let's hope we don't get any triple digit temps as the dog days of August hit us.