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Having asthma can be difficult, and never more so than during pollen season. Around 75 percent of those who suffer from asthma have a type known as allergic asthma, where their wellbeing is affected by airborne irritants, such as pollen.
Of these, very few sufferers know what exactly it is that they are allergic to, and what they can do to help improve their wellness. As a result of this, over half of the people who suffer from asthma have at least one asthma attack every year. This can be extremely serious, as during an asthma attack the airways are swollen and constricted and find it difficult to breathe. This leads to many emergency room admissions and unfortunately it also is the cause of death in thousands of cases every year.
The most common allergens include pollen, mold, dust mites, pets and household pests, so these are the first things to look for when trying to identify your source. Keep a diary of your asthma, noting when it is at its worst and what was happening at the time, and you may begin to identify patterns that surprise you. For example, you may notice that your wheezing feelings most commonly occur when you are outside on a day when there is high pollen in the air, or you may find that a visit to a friend who has pets is the normal trigger. Alternatively, it may occur when you are changing the bed and therefore exposed to dust mites, or when you are working in damp conditions, such as around pot plants.
Once you have identified the trigger, you can then work on reducing it. You will be able to avoid some of the triggers, such as keeping away from pets, buying anti-allergy bedding or getting someone else to cut the grass in your garden. There are also various different treatment options that can be prescribed by your GP.