Poor air quality, including environmental smoke can have a significant impact on health. This is especially true in individuals with chronic health conditions. People with asthma and other respiratory conditions are especially prone to problems when air quality is poor.
There are, however, ways we can help lessen breathing problems in people with asthma, and related conditions, in spite of poor air quality.
1. The most important thing is to maintain good control of asthma. People whose asthma is poorly controlled at the time of exposure to air pollution are probably more likely to have their asthma flare in response to the poor air quality.
2. At times when the air quality is poor, it is often best to minimize outdoor activities such as exercise.
3. Be sure you are using any prescribed medications for asthma, allergy and any related conditions. If you are out, request a refill from your health provider right away.
4. If you are noticing any difficulty with breathing, increased asthma or allergy symptoms, even if they are mild let your Allergy and Asthma specialist know right away. It’s important to control the problem promptly before it gets worse.
If you have questions or if you’re having difficulty with your ongoing health issues, please contact your allergist or other health care provider.