26.10.2020 - 6 min read

Spring and Asthma

Spring has sprung, bringing with it warmer weather, flowering gardens, and an overall feeling of new change in the air.  Also present in the spring air is a higher percentage of pollen, a common trigger for people with asthma.

Why can spring be a troublesome time for people with Asthma?

Spring is the time of year where we start noticing significant changes in the environment around us as the weather begins to warm in preparation for summer.  Plants, trees, weeds, and grasses all begin to change too, producing flowers, seeds, and new foliage, increasing pollen levels in the air. Pollen is a common trigger for people with asthma, meaning more asthma flare-ups or even attacks.

Spring can also see an increase in thunderstorms which may contribute to asthma flare ups and attacks. Thunderstorms cause a change in the atmosphere as the humidity and air pressure rise, bursting grains of pollen and releasing exceedingly small molecules of pollen into the air.   The inhalation of these particles may cause irritation.

Other spring time triggers of asthma can be pet hair, (as they begin to shed their winter coats in preparation for the warmer months ahead), exercise, as people tend to recommence their exercise routine now that its warmer; and gardening, with the increase in pollen in the new foliage and flowers being disturbed as people begin to tend to their gardens again.

Are these just hayfever symptoms and triggers?

Hayfever, asthma, and allergy triggers and symptoms are similar and can overlap.  In fact, in Australia approximately 80% of people that have asthma also have allergies. Itchy, watery eyes, an itchy throat, runny nose, sneezing and asthma flare ups and attacks? Spring can really be an unpleasant time of year for people for asthma.

I, or one of my loved ones has asthma. Does that mean we just have to sit inside all spring?

Absolutely not! Unfortunately, there is no cure for all these triggers that spring brings and they may affect asthma suffers differently.   Asthma is complex and different for each individual, however, good asthma management can help to manage springtime flare-ups and attacks.

How can wheezo help?

wheezo allows users to not only record and give access to their breath recordings and wheeze rate, a number highlighting the percentage of the breath recording occupied by wheeze, but also allows users to track other symptoms, triggers, weather and environmental triggers at the time of recording. This is great for tracking how spring and its triggers are affecting your asthma.  The app stores your data in the secure cloud and allows to you access this when needed.  With continued use you can gain an overall picture of your asthma and how season may impact it.  Monitoring the air irritants and pollen present in the air in your location, may allow users to be more prepared for the day ahead.

With wheezo, users come to better understand their asthma as it compiles crucial information about their asthma all in one place, allowing them to track and monitor their asthma symptoms, not just in spring but all year-round asthma tracking and management is simple and easy.