One of my biggest asthma triggers is the weather. Obviously this can be very frustrating as it doesn’t matter how well I look after myself and my asthma I can’t control the weather. What I can do though is ensure that if I need to go outside, I am fully prepared, whether that includes a change / increase in medication, extra clothing in cold weather such as a snood or a scarf or whether I just avoid going outside wherever possible if the weather is likely to cause my asthma some problems.
So how and why does the weather effect my asthma, well following a little bit of research, using my own experiences and from what I have been told by my consultant and asthma nurses I will try to explain.
As I have written about previously my biggest problem with the weather is when it changes suddenly or when there are extremes of weather (eg very cold or very windy). Therefore my worst time of year is probably winter, the English winter can vary dramatically from hour to hour, never mind from day to day. We often seem to have 4 seasons 1 day. Other asthmatics struggle more at other times of the year, for those who are effected by allergies, spring time can be particularly troublesome. Other asthmatics struggle more in the summer especially during those rare heat waves which we occasionally have in this country.
So why do asthma symptoms seem to get worse with every change in the weather? Although it seems confusing, there are some annual trends, as well as reasons why asthma symptoms are worse at particular times of the year.