Dr.Kamini Silvarajan MD/AAAM

Editorial Board: Dr.Kamini Silvarajan MD/AAAM

Seasonal Asthma

Seasonal(characteristic of a particular season of the year) asthma refers to the condition which is characterized by the inflammation and constriction of the airways that is caused mainly by airborne allergies, such as pollen in spring season. Seasonal asthma tends to show up in a seasonal cycle as a response to increasing the airborne allergens as seasons keep changing during the year.

However, the severity of the symptoms of seasonal asthma is variable. Generally, allergies are an overreaction to normal substances that doesn’t trouble most people. Our immune system has a strong effect on how a person handles one’s indoor(inside) and outdoor(outside) activities. In case of being over-sensitive to certain allergens, the immune system can build up a swelling in the lungs and shut out the air that one needs to breathe in.

So, when an asthmatic patient has allergies, one can experience more frequent attacks in spring and fall seasons(autumn or fall is one of the four temperate seasons. Autumn marks the transition from summer into winter, usually in March (Southern Hemisphere) or September (Northern Hemisphere) when the arrival of night becomes noticeably earlier). 

This can make the symptoms of the already active asthma go out of control. Depending on one’s immunity strength, it can be subtle or life-threatening. So, better late than never; one should keep tabs upon the early signs so that they can be treated well in time.

Here are some common symptoms of seasonal asthma that are very often seen. These are the classic symptoms that basically characterize this special respiratory disorder. 

They are:-

1. Frequent coughing

2. Increased mucus production

3. Feeling of chest tightness

4. Shortness of breath

5. Rapid breathing

If the patient suffers from some kind of allergy, the symptoms such as watery, red eyes, sneezing and runny nose can also be seen. It is recommended that if at all the situation goes out of hand, one must seek medical assistance With the doctor’s help, one can regularly follow the prescribed medication or even refer to a known allergist that can help the patient to figure out one’s asthma triggers.

What is difficult to understand is about these symptoms of seasonal asthma is that they can get aggravate even before the patient realizes it. One may feel that their situation is way under control, but the patient may never know when they might be not. So, it’s advise-able that whenever one finds it difficult to breathe normally they should immediately visit the doctor for consultation.

Here are some signs one should watch out for when calling their doctor:

1. Persistence of shortness of breath even after following asthma medication

2. Change in the skin color of the patient

3. Chest pain

4. Difficulty in breathing

Conclusion, it’s important for one to keep self-monitoring so that the symptoms of seasonal asthma can be controlled well in time. Expecting changes in the seasons, one should be more alert and prepared to face the allergies with precautions to control and manage asthma.