Summertime means outdoor activities, camping and hot, hot days. But, having an asthma attack can certainly put a damper on summer fun. The following tips offer smart ways for asthma patients to avoid triggers of an attack and still enjoy an active summer.
Stay in air-conditioned areas as much as possible.
Air out camping equipment before using it.
Bring allergy and/or asthma medications with you on vacation and pack extra.
Parents: Make sure the camp nurse/director has a complete medication form and asthma action plan provided by your child’s physician.
Always warm up before your workout and cool-down afterwards.
Try not to exercise outside in the heat of the day.
Drink plenty of fluids.
Take breaks during your exercising.
Always bring your inhaler with you.
Develop an asthma action plan with your physician and follow it.
Try to identify your triggers and avoid them.
Take your medicines as prescribed.
Know your limitations.
Never delay medical treatment when necessary.
Be an active participant in your own health care.