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How is your asthma with the high summer temperatures?

Around the DC area (aka AAFA headquarters), the temps are expected to be in the 90's today, with real feel near 100.  What's the weather like where you are?  How is it affecting your asthma and what do you do to try to keep things in check?

Anne Arundel County has opened cooling centers to give residents a break from the oppressive heat, humidity and poor air quality over the next 24 hours.

The National Weather Service has forecast temperatures climbing into the 90s Wednesday to Friday – and oppressive humidity will make it feel like 100 degrees or higher outside.

 

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  • Kathy P

    It's actually fairly cool here. But I'm headed to east coast heat/humidity next week and kind of dreading it.

    Da boy is going on a bike ride/hike w/ his friends today and I'm a little concerned about his asthma flaring. He's not been very compliant (can we say teen boy?) w/ his med lately. Fingers crossed that it goes well!

  • Jen

    Next week looks to be slightly cooler around here w temps in the 80s.  Still…I am sure that you're familiar w that East Coast humidity.

  • K8sMom2002

    We've had heat indexes in the 100+s for days now. It tells you how bad the humidity is if the temp is 93 and the "feels like" temp is 103. 😯 As long as I don't go outside, I'm fine.

    But the humidity does a number on my poor old twitchy lungs. 

    Hope the teen boy listens to mom, Kathy P!

  • Kathy P

    Sadly, I think not….I asked him if he had an inhaler to take along and the answer was "no"? Huh? Where is your inhaler? He left about an hour and a half ago, so I'm just crossing my fingers! He did take water at least *facepalm*

    ETA: I did give him my spare inhaler to take.

  • Jen

    As many of us are dealing with heat and humidity right now, it would be good to review some of the information from AAFA's blog post on 

  • GigiGibson

    Thanks for the article. Our air quality has been moderate with the heat, humidity and ozone here in central nc. The pollen has been nil. I don't sit outside unless I am clear and it's pretty much about dark. I saw today that ragweed is supposed to be high tomorrow so back indoors I go. 

  • K8sMom2002

    Kathy P, how did "da boy" fare without his inhaler? 

    Gigi, I'm not going to venture much outside today — more heat advisories and more humidity. I watered my tomato plants and my caladiums, and that was about it for me, besides having to go grocery shopping. I use a sun visor and "crack" the windows (can you tell I'm from the South? ) to keep the temp in the car cooler, because that blast of heat has been known to trigger a humdinger of an asthma attack in me. 

    And speaking of WHATEVER is blooming, it's creating what my granny would have called a "mad itch" in my nose and deep in my ears. Oh, for some teensy bottle brushes to reach waaaay down into my ears and scratch and scratch and scratch — I know, I know, nothing bigger than your elbow in your ear, but a girl can dream, right?

  • Kathy P

    He took the inhaler I gave him. I gave him my spare. It's probably now living in his little seat pack on his bike. They did a lot of biking – probably a good 10 miles. Then hiking too.My throat and ears itch too. It's miserable!

  • GigiGibson

    Kathy I'm sorry the allergies have you irritated. K8 I I'm going to clean, by clean I mean laundry and straightening. I am still one handed from a terrible fall last Sunday with some crazy bruising one my Left hand and arm. Saved myself from face planting on the patio though. I sound like I'm 80. Lol. I will be 47 Monday, tonight at 7 we are going to dinner for an early birthday celebration and we are all going to see a band outdoors at 9 if I am up to it. Needless to say I'm feeling 200 wondering if I'll " be up to it" when I usually dance Til the last set is finished. Not now. Maybe soon I'll be back to that����

  • GigiGibson

    Hubby is buying a new vacuum cleaner to get under the bed. Ours died. He took the bed up completely to clean. Bought mattress encasement, pillows and covers and new quilt. Next is air purifier and probably soon my bedroom flooring. Anyone here go from carpet to wood and really see a difference?!?

  • Kathy P

    First be sure to check out the products that are certified Asthma & Allergy friendly – We pulled all the carpet in the house a few years ago and replaced with laminate flooring. It made a huge difference for me. It means I can run a swiffer type mop around to gather all the dust and pollen that settles. I had no idea how truly dusty our floors were! I know I was not getting it all out if the carpet even with a new vac.

  • K8sMom2002

    Gigi, I'm hoping one day to be able to rip out the carpet in our bedrooms — but until then, I'm stuck with vacuuming. I agree with Kathy P that the best approach is to get a good vacuum.

    Another approach would be to get the carpet cleaned. , and I think I've seen them advertising specials on TV lately.

  • Jen

    Gigi – sorry to hear about the fall.  Btdt not too long ago.  I tripped over the curb and wiped out on the sidewalk in front of the gym a few mos ago.  I had pretty nice scrapes,both on my hand and my knee.  I was a little sore too.  Fortunately I didn't break anything.  I'm only 42, so it seems ridiculous that I would've had a fall like that. Better yet, I made it through Zumba class that same day.  I could Zumba, but I couldn't walk on the sidewalk.

  • GigiGibson

    Girl u should see my bruises on fb. I have a green and blue hand lol. I'm on 47, it happens!!! I'm so happy my last asthma flare is past. Wish I knew the trigger. I am more observant now so I'll be watching!

  • Jen

    I'm a clutz when it comes to every day stuff, so I have my fair share of bruises.  Instead of blaming it on age, I prefer to blame it on the brain cells the kids have stolen.

  • K8sMom2002

     on the brain cells, Jen! And Gigi, sorry to hear that you're sporting green and blue bruises — I'm sure by now they've turned all sorts of colors. I was always glad when I saw my bruises turn that awful yellow color — that meant they were almost gone.

  • Debby

    I just saw the topic.  We have had 12 days straight of temps 98-102 and only 2 were in the high 90"s.  Very humid and hard to breathe so I go from air conditioned house to AC in car to AC at work and avoid going outside when possible. We only have about 2.5 months of this left!!  However, I found something that y'all may know about already.  It is an app for my phone called AirNow from the EPA that gives me the ozone and pollution levels for today, tomorrow and the next day.  Pretty cool.  

  • K8sMom2002

    Does it track with how you're feeling, Debby? I know my DD's EAs (environmental allergies) are tracking well with the alerts I get via the Weather Channel. 

    As for hot days … whew. Same here. Just walked the dog and the grass crackled under my feet (we don't irrigate it.) I forgot to water my tomatoes this AM, and at lunch when I remembered, they were wilted and very sorrowful looking. I watered them extra-good and they cheered up by this evening. Even my AZALEAS are drooping and wilted. When will it break, people? 

  • Jen

    We're supposed to hit mid to upper 90's today, with real feel much higher d/t the humidity.  The air has felt heavy most of the week. DD2 has lacrosse practice tonight, on turf.  It gets extra hot on turf.  I think I'll find an air conditioned errand to run while she's at practice.  Looks like temps are back down in the 80s this weekend.  Thank goodness, as she has a tournament Saturday and Sunday.

  • Kathy P

    Yeah, not loving thus east coast heat and humidity! And headed to your neck of the woods today for college visits. Yesterday in the rain was miserable. I jyst keep coughing and sneezing!

  • Jen

    I was wondering how you were doing with the hazy/hot/humid.  Hang in there!

  • Kathy P

    I live in the Bay Area of CA, but am currently doing college visits for da on the east coast (PA, MD, DE)

  • K8sMom2002

    Debby, I live in Georgia — very humid, but at the same time, no rain. So the pollen hangs in the air, and the grass is dry as straw. I'd love what my granny used to call a long slow rain. 

  • Jen

    Debby  - I live in MD, between Baltimore and DC, not far from Annapolis.

  • Anne P

    I live in VA, but the heat & humidity don't bother our asthma.  Our upstairs AC is not working, so we have been hanging out downstairs during the day but sleeping upstairs at night with fans on & windows open.

    Winter is much worse for us because of the cold, dry air.

  • Kathy P

    I always find it interesting that a trigger for one is a good thing for someone else. Go figure!

  • K8sMom2002

    My sis and I are prime examples of that.

    Just a whiff of the laundry detergent Surf is an instant asthma trigger for me. She loves it and uses it — when my DH and I went to China to adopt our DD, she came in and washed all our bed linens in her "good smelling Surf" as a treat.

    I use Gain original … which is an instant asthma trigger for HER. I don't wash her clothes in Gain! And she doesn't wash clothes for me in Surf anymore, either. If she's sneaking in and doing a kind good deed like washing clothes (we swap out things like that just to say I love you), she holds her breath and uses my Gain.