Seasonal Asthma Symptoms, Causes, Treatment and Prevent

Seasonal Asthma Symptoms, Causes, Treatment and Prevent

Seasonal asthma can cause your symptoms to worsen with the change of weather.

Breathing problems can wreak havoc in your life. But there are treatments that can help you to prevent this issue before it happens.

Don’t let seasonal asthma ruin the wonderful burst of life that happens with the change of seasons.

When spring and fall arrives, flowers and leaves change colors, the cycle of life continues. For those who suffer with asthma, this chronic condition can be painful. But with the right treatment plan, you can go back to enjoying the great outdoors.

Causes of Seasonal Asthma

Seasonal asthma is finicky and can be triggered by any airborne allergen. Trees, grasses or flowers are suspects because they release pollen in the air on a regular basis. While symptoms in the spring are triggered by high levels of pollens, symptoms in the fall are usually set off by ragweed.

Seasonal Asthma Symptoms, Causes, Treatment and Prevent

While this disease may seem harmless, it can lead to other breathing complications. It can result in more severe respiratory problems such as bronchitis that require hospitalization. Although spring has the highest pollen count, some people find the hot, dry summer heat can make their breathing worse.

Seasonal asthma is when we experince inflammation and constriction of the airways caused by allergens such as pollen. Pollen appears in the air around spring time and can lasts throughout the summer. 

As the trees start to bloom and the pollen gets airborne, they start to affect people who suffer from allergies and asthma causing irritations, such as sneezing and coughing, which is what causes the inflammation and constriction of the airways. 

Seasonal asthma can also be refered to when our asthma is affected by colds and flu virus, which usually occurres during the colder months of the year. This is why it is extremely important to keep our immune system healthy, which could help keep cold and flu away, thus, keeping asthma under control as a bonus! :) Your doctor/GP should also provide you with a flu vaccination around the cold months period to help your body fight against cold and flu viruses. 

What are the symptoms of Seasonal Asthma? 

As asthma is a disease that cannot be cured, you can experience symptoms or even an attack at any time of the year. However, there are certain periods of the year where you will find that your asthma symptoms are persistent. May be asthma symptoms more severe during the spring and summer time, causing me to sneeze A LOT, which irritates my lungs, causes inflammation and constriction. Symptoms of seasonal asthma are caused by certain triggers of the year and these include:

Seasonal Asthma Symptoms, Causes, Treatment and Prevent

  • Wheezing - A whistling sound made when breathing
  • Tightness in the chest - Triggers caused by irritation in the lungs, which causes lung inflammation
  • Coughing - Can also be a result of irritation of the lungs
  • Chest pain - Caused by constriction of the airways
  • Shortness of breath - restriction of the airways
  • Mucus build up - Irritation in the lungs causing mucus production
  • Constant sneezing - Caused by the pollen season
Be careful with fall and spring. It is important for you to be aware of how your symptoms react during the different seasons. Some people get a lot worse at these times because of allergens in the air. If you have allergies, the symptoms might also include watery, red eyes, sneezing, and a runny nose. If it gets worse than this, you should seek medical help.

Many people find that they have seasonal asthma. That is when their asthma symptoms change from season to season:
  • For some people, asthma symptoms are worse during the winter
  • For others, outdoor allergens in the warmer months make their symptoms worse
  • Pollution may also have a greater effect on asthma at different times of the year
  • Asthma and cold weather
  • The fall and winter months may bring both cold weather and respiratory infections like colds and the flu.

Treatments for Seasonal Asthma

There are treatments available to help with seasonal asthma. These include the flu vaccination, allergy medications, which you could purchase at a chemist or pharmacy, natural home remedies for asthma and last but not lease your medications for asthma, ie your inhalers. Boost your immune system by keeping colds and flu away and you will effectively help keep your asthma under control. You can achieve this by eating a lot of fruits that are particularly high in vitamin C ie oranges, West Indian cherries, apricots, tangerines, mandarins and grapefruits.

Seasonal Asthma Symptoms, Causes, Treatment and Prevent

If you suffer from allergies and asthma like myself, you will find that allergens, such as dust, cause asthma flare ups. This is most common during the spring to summer time period. If your asthma is mostly affected during this time of year, there are a few things you can do to support yourself with this disease. Visit my

tips for reducing allergies and asthma article and learn how to keep symptoms under control. You can also use an air purifier to eliminate pollen and dust in your home. 

During the colder parts of the year, it is IMPORTANT to dress warm particularly in the chest and head area. It is not difficult and you can do this by wearing a hat and/or scarf. Your inhalers or medications should be taken as prescribed by your doctor at all times, even when you feel perfectly fine.

These are some of the other things that you can do to prevent and treat symptoms:

  • Find your triggers and avoid them whenever possible
  • Have an asthma action plan that you worked with your doctor to prevent and treat symptoms
  • Use asthma medications that your doctor prescribe to properly treat your symptoms. Symptoms can be managed with bronchodilators, anti-inflammatory medications, and nebulizer treatments.
  • Use your asthma products daily to closely monitor your breathing. If you feel that it is getting worse, then seek medical help.
  • If you prefer, use natural asthma remedies to avoid side effects.
  • Try Immunotherapy or allergy shots to lessen the allergic response
  • Use asthma breathing exercises to open up the airways and release stress.
  • If necessary, go to emergency room if your symptoms get severe.
Always remember that this disease can occur at any time of the year. Since your lungs are already sensitive and can react to any allergens, you are in constant danger. But with the right treatment, you can spare yourself from the pain of an asthma attack.

Prevention of Seasonal Asthma

This illness is tricky to prevent because it involves allergens that you usually cannot see or smell. Most allergens are part of the natural cycle of life and you cannot control substances that are outside of your home. Every time you step outside in the spring and fall, you run the risk of having an asthma attack.
But the good news is that you can control the symptoms. If you have the right preventative plan, you can stop symptoms before they occur.

The first step is to know your triggers and to have a home maintenance plan. You may use home cleaners to filter out the pollen and ragweed from the air. There are also allergy control products and allergy cleaning products that can lower the amount of allergens in your home.