Better get ready. Fall is just around the corner!

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If you suffer from pollen allergies, you might be on antihistamines right now as summer turns into early fall. When I lived in Montreal, I would get serious allergies every fall, from Ragweed. Spring and fall used to be brutal. I remember years when my father and I were completely out of commission! It was terrible. And on top of the itchy eyes, runny nose and sneezing, I’d have my asthma flaring up. Talk about a gong show! People thought I was sick with a cold. Nope. Gotta love allergies and asthma in the fall!

Moving to Victoria, British Columbia, my seasonal allergies changed. It seems like I am not as severely allergic to the pollen out here. What a relief! Or so I thought. One thing about being out in beautiful BC is that the climate is very different. It is damp and humid and that means there is a lot more mold. So every fall, instead of dealing with pollen, I’m trying to keep my body as strong as possible, heading into the damp fall and winter because there is so much mold and it ALWAYS triggers my asthma.

Now the other battle students with asthma face is”back to school” I remember when I was younger, I would be off my asthma medications in the summer and then start up on them as fall approached in anticipation of school starting. With school starting there are so many colds going around and confined environments (classrooms that have been closed all summer) so there is a lot of dust; one of my major triggers. I recall numerous ER visits for my asthma. When I was younger, I had my own nebulizer at home and another at school and fall/winter I was very careful not to miss a treatment. Some days I’d be on the nebulizer three times a day! I am thankful that I haven’t needed regular treatment using a nebulizer in some time.

Do you get triggered in the fall?

Do your seasonal allergies flare-up?

Does your your Asthma flare-up?

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