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How to Alleviate Summer Breathing Problems

How to Alleviate Summer Breathing Problems

It is summertime and we are all excited for the warm, beautiful weather it brings. But with beautiful summer weather comes high heat and allergy season. More daylight means that there is more intense sun exposure and stagnation in the air, which leads to the air we breathe becoming more toxic. For some people, especially those with preexisting breathing problems, summertime can raise health concerns. Keep reading to learn six ways to alleviate summer breathing problems. 

Stay Hydrated 

This may seem like common sense as the high temperatures cause us to sweat more and our bodies to become dehydrated more easily. Drinking plenty of water improves your health in addition to helping you stay hydrated. Continuously drinking water in the summer reduces the thickness of mucus in your passageways, allowing for air to flow more freely into your lungs. 

Avoid Peak Heat 

Peak heat occurs outside between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. during the summer. It is important to avoid the peak heat times during the summer because pollutants are typically at their worst. With this in mind, you should also avoid any outdoor exercise during this time of the day. 

Utilize Nebulizers or Oxygen 

If you are really struggling to breathe, talking to your doctor about a nebulizer or oxygen is recommended. These can help open your airway and provide more oxygen into your lungs during these hot summer weeks! Contact us with any questions regarding a nebulizer or oxygen. We’re here to help. 

Avoid Pollutants 

In today's world, we have access to information about a lot of things, one of them being air quality. Many weather apps allow you to see what the air quality is as well as what allergens are in the air in your current location. If you are someone with allergies or have preexisting breathing problems, view the information on the app or website before heading outside for the day. 

Maintain Air Filters 

Make sure that air and vacuum filters are changed regularly to ensure they are filtering at their maximum capacities. This is especially important if you or your family has pets. Pet dander circulates through air conditioning units and builds up in vacuum filters. 

Know Your Triggers 

The most important thing to remember this summer season is to always be aware of your triggers. As well as when, where, and how they present themselves. Use that information to guide your decision-making. If you are unsure what your triggers are, it is recommended to speak with a pulmonologist or allergist to get testing and provide you with proper treatment methods.