Summer vacation is no vacation from asthma

July 10, 2006
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.
  • Exercise-Induced Asthma

  • 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.
  • Year-Round Care

  • 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.