NEWS | May 13, 2015

Do you know what triggers your asthma flare ups?

By 628th Medical Group

May is National Allergy and Asthma Awareness Month and here at Joint Base Charleston, the 628th Medical Group's Allergy Clinic, is working to increase awareness about possible triggers that may cause asthma symptoms. Spring is a prime time for seasonal air allergens, which could trigger asthma symptoms.  The best way to control asthma symptoms caused by air allergens is to speak with your doctor. Your doctor will help you determine your triggers and create a prevention action plan.  Common allergens are trees, grass and pollen.  Other allergens are smoke, dust mites, mold, cockroaches and pet dander.

If you already know what triggers your asthma flare ups, there are steps you can take to reduce your symptoms.  If pollen is your trigger, you should limit your exposure to the pollen outdoors and/or use air purifiers to reduce the pollen within your home.  If dust mites are your trigger, use dust mite covers for your pillows and mattress.  Also, frequently vacuum and steam clean your carpet.  For pet dander, frequently bathe your pets, vacuum, and wash your hands after touching pets.  If you suspect cockroaches may be the issue, you can hire a professional exterminator to control the issue within your home.  These are suggestions to help control these triggers.  For the best prevention and control of your asthma symptoms, contact your medical provider.