Spring Allergies Can Trigger Asthma
Time your allergy and asthma medications carefully, doctors say.
By Jeanie Lerche Davis
Reviewed By Cynthia Haines
What's the best plan of attack? When should we start our allergy or asthma medications? Is it OK to wait until symptoms appear? Or is prevention best?
We took these questions to Paul Enright, MD, moderator of WebMD's Asthma Message Board. His advice:
Time Your Medications
"If you have hay fever -- runny nose, itchy eyes -- it's OK to wait for symptoms to occur before starting allergy medication," Enright tells WebMD.
"But if you know you get asthma seasonally, restart your asthma controller medications about two weeks before the air warms up and grass, weeds, trees start growing," he explains.
Monitor Peak Air Flow
Ask your doctor for a written "asthma action plan" that includes peak air flow monitoring -- an important measure of lung function.