Got Summer Asthma?

For some people, cold weather seems to be their biggest trigger. But for others, the heat and humidity of summer can cause their asthma to kick into gear. 

While how the summer asthma relationship comes into play isn't completely clear, there is some concrete evidence in terms of how the two things go hand in hand. First, high temperatures can cause an increase in moisture in the air, which can encourage more mold, pollutants and dust mites to thrive there.

In addition, when the weather is hot, your metabolism and body temperature increase, meaning your body will need to work harder and will need more oxygen. Finally, humid air is heavier than dry air, which can also make breathing a challenge, especially if you have asthma symptoms.

Track Your Symptoms

If you find that summer asthma is putting a damper on the nice weather and you suspect that the humidity and asthma connection could be to blame, you may want to keep track of symptoms to see if there are any patterns that can help you to make necessary changes. Keeping a journal of how you feel and what weather conditions exist, as well as what activities you've participated in right before you feel sick, can help you see important links.

Other things that can help you to minimize summer asthma include:

  • Check the weather forecast often so you can be sure to stay indoors on hot, humid days.
  • Minimize activities when the humidity is high and during ozone alerts.
  • Keep your windows closed and your air conditioner running.
  • Use your air conditioner in your car when it's very humid and warm.
  • Regularly empty the water trays on your refrigerator, dehumidifier and air conditioner.
  • Make sure your bathroom is well vented so humidity doesn't build up.
  • Invest in a tool to measure humidity levels in your home. Your goal should be to keep it to between 35 and 50 percent.

Plan an Escape

You may sometimes fantasize about running away to a cooler, drier climate during the summertime to avoid asthma and humidity. But while you may be able to avoid the asthma and humidity connection, dry air can also be a summer asthma trigger for sensitive airways.  So the best approach is often to stay where you and simply manage your conditions with environmental changes and also by using the proper medication as needed.