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Frequently Asked Questions

My child has asthma and will be going away to camp this summer. Is there anything I should do to prepare for this?

Good question! Going away to camp can expose children to new plants and animals that may cause their asthma to flare up. To prevent and control asthma symptoms while away:

  • Provide camp authorities with a written plan about what to do when her/his asthma flares. Include emergency numbers!
  • Include with the written plan a list of what your child's triggers are and how to avoid them. If your child has life-threatening allergies be sure to ask your doctor about an ANAPHYLAXIS KIT.
  • Renew all asthma medications early and send extra medication with your child in case of a flare-up.

Hot weather flares up my asthma. How can I stay active during the summer?

Asthma should not keep you from being active or playing sports. To stay active during the summer:

  • Ask your doctor about Preventative Medication if you have symptoms requiring the use of a rescue inhaler more than once a week.
  • Plan your activities or exercise during the cooler hours before 11 a.m., or after 4 p.m.
  • Use your rescue inhaler 10-15 minutes before going out as ordered by your doctor.
  • If necessary choose a sport like swimming, which is less likely to trigger your asthma in hot weather.

My asthma always flares up in the spring. What can I do to help control my asthma during that time of year?

Asthma symptoms are often triggered in the spring by pollens, grasses and trees in people who are sensitive to these ALLERGENS. To help prevent asthma and allergy symptoms:

  • Ask your provider about medication to control both your asthma and your allergy symptoms. Inflammation in the sinuses that is not controlled can trigger your asthma.
  • Close your windows and doors on windy days or days when the pollen count is high (see the weather page in your local newspaper).
  • Ask your doctor about allergy testing and how it can help you. Knowing what you are allergic to can help you avoid those triggers and prevent asthma.

Content provided by the Asthma Program of Contra Costa Health Services.

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