Summer Loving – The Wheezy Edition
Hey! Here’s a fun fact about AireHealth. We’re based in Orlando, Florida. Florida is renowned for its almost year-long summers – we are the Sunshine State after all! So naturally, it doesn’t escape us that while our weather is excellent for growing citrus, our summer season can be particularly brutal if you or one of your kids is wheezy.
Whether you’re in Florida — or elsewhere in the U.S. — summer season has just started!
As part of our ongoing efforts to help everyone #LiveAireHealthy, we want to share with you some tips for dealing with respiratory illness during the hot, humid summer months!
How to be Proactive with Asthma During Summer
If you know that your wheezing is exacerbated in the heat of the summer, make an appointment with your doctor to discuss your options. You do not have to endure worsening symptoms or spend all summer indoors. Talk to your doctor about your medication and scheduling; there may be an alternative treatment that can help you to manage your wheezing more effectively.
Use Online Asthma Tools To Check The Air Quality Index
Poor air quality never helps wheezing but combined with the heat and humidity of the summer it becomes an even bigger issue. To keep one step ahead, check the AirNow.gov website for live updates about the air quality in your local area. If you own a smartphone, there is also a wonderful app named “State of the Air” which shows you a color-coded EPA Air Quality Index for your location. Forewarned is forearmed – if the air quality is particularly poor, it may be best to stay indoors that day.
How To Store Asthma Medications During The Summer
You should have your nebulizer or inhaler available to you at all times, regardless of the season. This is particularly important if you require a reliever medication. What may not be as obvious, is where you should store your medication. Do not keep asthma medications in hot places such as the glove compartment of your car. Also, do not store your asthma medications anywhere in direct sunlight, as they can lose efficacy and this can reduce effectiveness. Instead, consider keeping your asthma medication on you at all times. If it’s not practical to keep your medication on your person, you could use a small ‘cool box’ to store it in, with an ice pack to ensure it doesn’t get too hot!
So there you have it, our top tips to beat the heat! How do you keep cool in the summer months? To find out more about AireHeath and join the #LiveAireHealthy conversation click here for more information.