Fourth of July Asthma Triggers: Common Irritants to Avoid this Holiday

Fourth of July Asthma Triggers

Fourth of July Asthma Triggers
For many, the Fourth of July is an anticipated holiday and is one of the significant highlights of summer. What is there not to look forward to? This exciting holiday is marked with friends, family, backyard barbeques, food, fun outdoor activities, and fireworks. There’s a lot to celebrate and to be thankful for, but unfortunately, there are some downfalls to the holiday if you happen to suffer from asthma. For people with asthma, they should be aware of the possible Fourth of July asthma triggers that surround them on this day of celebration, so it doesn’t put a damper on the fun.

While the Fourth of July is an exciting holiday, people living with asthma need to be aware of the possible triggers that surround them on this day. If you have asthma and want to prevent flare-ups, check out some of these common Fourth of July asthma triggers.

Be Wary of Scented Products

Products that are artificially scented can trigger an asthma attack, so be sure to let the host know about your sensitivity if you are attending a party. There are various products that could set off a person, making it difficult to breathe. Air fresheners, cologne, perfume, scented candles, and even the scented oil used in tiki torches can all trigger an asthma attack, so make sure you politely ask the host (in advance) not to use any of these products during the celebration.

Stay Away from Chlorine

For some people, even just the smell of chlorine can be enough to trigger an asthma attack, while others don’t have any issues unless they come into contact with chlorine. When a person with asthma inhales the chlorine molecules, inflammation of the airways can occur. If you can’t help but swim, make sure the pool is chlorine free or has low levels of chlorine (below 0.5 PPM) to reduce your risk of an asthma attack and make sure you wash or rinse yourself off when you get out.

Be Aware of Weather Changes

Unfortunately, sudden weather changes can trigger an asthma attack. Days can start off with a gentle, cool breeze and quickly escalate to hot, humid weather, so it is crucial that you keep an eye on the weather. Luckily, with the rise of technology, it’s not difficult to check the daily weather report so you can keep an eye on humidity and allergen levels. Also, watching out for “ozone alert” days is necessary, because your lungs need to work even harder on those days. Knowing this information can help you plan your daily activities around the weather.

Watch Out for Smoke

Smoke and asthma do not mix, so if you are planning on having or attending a campfire, precautions need to be taken. The same rule applies if you are also planning on watching fireworks. The smoke from barbeques, fireworks, and bonfires can cause a person’s asthma symptoms to flare. When it comes to campfires and cookouts, people with asthma should try to keep their distance, or at least sit upwind if they have to sit near one. Fireworks are hard to resist, we get it, but consider wearing a NIOSH N95 rated filter mask to protect you from the smoke. Also, if you plan on being near smoke, make sure you have your reliever inhaler with you.

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