New York City is an amazing place to live, but if you have allergies, living in a metropolitan area can take a toll on your health…especially if you have asthma.
Although this summer has been quite mild, New York City is know for being hot and humid during the summer months. And while most of us enjoy the summer weather, especially after a long winter, the summer heat can be tough on your asthma.
Here are a few things you should keep in mind if you have asthma:
- High humidity, high air pollution and high temps can trigger shortness of breath, especially if you have asthma.
- Make sure to check the air quality index for pollution levels. Weather.com is a great resource.
- Make sure to keep your asthma rescue inhaler with you at all times. And, if possible use it with a spacer.
- If you have a peak flow meter, check it daily. If you see a drop in your peak flow level, this may indicate a higher probability of a future asthma exacerbation, even before you feel symptomatic. Consult with your doctor to put an action plan in place in case this ever happens.
- It’s so simple but so easy to forget: stay hydrated!
- On super hot days don't exercise outside. Wait until the evening, when it's cooler.
- If you decide to go swimming to cool down in the summer heat, make sure the pool area is well ventilated. Chlorine and other chemical gases may trigger asthma symptoms, especially if the chlorine smell is strong.
- Try using hypoallergenic sunscreens and lotions.
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