Tips: Asthma & Allergy Symptoms

You may have seasonal or year-round allergies. Or you may have asthma, a common condition that affects your breathing. But you can learn how to manage your symptoms.

Managing your asthma symptoms

Asthma is a common condition that affects your breathing. It cannot be cured, but symptoms can be managed to help you enjoy regular activities.
1. Learning about asthma is an important part of asthma symptom prevention and management.
2. Try to avoid your asthma triggers such as dust mites, indoor and outdoor moulds, animal fur and dander, and pollen.
3. Try to avoid other environmental triggers such as tobacco smoke, perfumes, paint, and weather changes.
4. Very cold air or hot, humid, smoggy air may trigger symptoms. Check the temperature and air quality outdoors.

More asthma management tips

5. Practice good hand-washing technique and avoid close contact with people who have a cold to reduce the risk of becoming ill.
6. Exercise is good for people with asthma, but it may sometimes “trigger” your asthma. Use your medications as prescribed to ensure your asthma is well-controlled.
7. Use your preventer or controller medication(s) every day exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
8. Be sure you know the right way to use your asthma medications and devices so that you get all of your medicine into your lungs.
9. Report any changes in your asthma symptoms to your doctor or asthma education team.

Tips for Preventing Seasonal Allergies

Seasonal allergies are most common in spring through fall, usually when outdoor moulds release their spores or when plants are pollinating. Learn these simple relief tips:
  1. Look for patterns to recognize the triggers that may be causing your seasonal allergies.
  2. Pollen counts measure how much pollen is in the air and can help people with allergies determine symptom severity. See:
  3. Pollen counts are usually higher in the morning and on warm, dry, breezy days. Limit your outdoor activities to reduce your exposure to pollens. Keep your windows closed, and use air conditioning if possible.

Common Allergen Seasonal Calendar

Knowing what you’re allergic to and when those allergens are at their worst can help you avoid your worst allergy symptoms. Indoor allergens are around all year long, but generally speaking:
  • Tree pollens are worst in the spring
  • Grass allergens are worst in the spring or summer
  • Weed pollens are worst in the summer or fall


All-year-long allergies

These are caused by indoor things such as dust mites, feathers, pet fur or dander, and/or mould. Some tips to help deal with indoor allergens:
  1. Wash bedding with a hot cycle every week and replace your pillow every year.
  2. Vacuum and dust often and where possible, replace carpeting with hard floors.
  3. Use a high-efficiency particle air (HEPA) filter in your home.
  4. If possible, keep pets outdoors or away from main living areas.


Important information

The Pharmacist at Walmart is knowledgeable about seasonal or year-long allergies, and asthma. Wondering how to cope with your symptoms? Just ask!

This information should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your doctor. There may be variations in treatment that your physician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances. If you have questions about your symptoms, ask the Pharmacist at Walmart for more information, and/or contact your doctor.

This article is intended as general information. Always be sure to read and follow the label(s)/instruction(s) that accompany your product(s). Walmart will not be responsible for any injury or damage caused by this activity.



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