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The early morning chill, leaves changing colour, and shorter periods of daylight can only mean that fall has arrived. Outdoor temperatures can be very cool. If you have fall triggers, avoidance is the best approach. If avoidance is not possible, keep your asthma well controlled and plan ahead to deal with these triggers.

While some will see the beginning of the fall season as a relief from the hot, humid ‘dog days’ of summer that often led to too many smog alerts and breathing problems. Other however, are not looking forward to the fall as they are anticipating another season of sneezing, snorting and coughing……Hail the start of the hay fever season. Hay fever season begins about the middle of August and will last until the first frost. Not only do the fall months bring discomfort to many allergy and asthma sufferers but it is compounded by the outdoor moulds thriving in the damp environment created by falling and decaying leaves. Those who are allergic to both mould and fall pollen, such as ragweed, should monitor their symptoms closely and take preventative action.

What can you do? Schedule an appointment with your doctor to get your flu shot and to review your written asthma action plan. Take our controller medicine as prescribed and employ avoidance strategies such as removing the fallen leaves before they decay and rot.