We read an interesting article the other day about changes that you can make to your garden to reduce the problems experienced by asthma sufferers.
Now that’s all very well when you are at home, but this really got us thinking about how you can reduce your exposure to allergens when exploring the countryside on holiday too.
The thing is, for the 5.4 million Asthma sufferers in the UK, sunny weather, and therefore spending more time outside, can actually be a trigger. Now, obviously, you can’t control the wider environment too much when you are on holiday, but there are definite things you can think about when travelling with asthma to make your experience more comfortable
Avoid wind-pollinated plants if you can when visiting woodlands/forests or gardens Their pollen is tiny, light and easily inhaled. Trees that are wind-pollinated, including ash, birch, elder, hazel, horse chestnut, oak, plane, sycamore, willow and yew. According to Asthma UK open, daisy-shaped blooms, such as asters, and heavily scented flowers, such as jasmine and lilies, can also occasionally trigger asthma attacks. Generally, bee- and butterfly-friendly shrubs and perennials are kind to allergy sufferers, bell-shaped blooms such as foxgloves that enclose the pollen source are especially useful. Fountains can create air currents that cause pollens to rise and be dispersed.
Planning a picnic when on your trip? Being wind-pollinated, all grasses can be bad news for people with asthma. Try to locate a picnic area with paving or decking instead of sitting directly on the grass.
Avoid early evening trips to the countryside On a warm, sunny morning, convection currents carry pollen grains up into the clouds. As the temperature drops, they fall again – so the pollen count can be highest in the cool of the evening.
Ok so these are our tips for enjoying the countryside if you have asthma when on your holidays, but we’re sure you have lots more of your own. Do please share them below…