With the arrival of warmer weather, allergens will also make its way to you. You may be susceptible to allergies caused by pollen in the air, with flare-ups of your sinuses and for someone who is already suffering from COPD and receiving oxygen therapy via an oxygen concentrator this may be quite a difficult time.
Spring poses the most threat with pollen found on trees, mould and even grass exponentially causing allergies and triggering breathing issues especially with those who suffer from asthma and COPD. It’s well devised that you are aware of your pollen forecast to combat the seasonal allergies.
Common symptoms of an allergy include watery eyes, itchy throats, and nasal congestion. For people who already have breathing issues to start with, these allergies will make it even more difficult. The allergens will cause the respiratory tracts to be stimulated (the nerves and glands specifically), often swelling may occur which can in turn obstruct your airways. By default, these allergies will cause you to be uncomfortable, but for someone suffering from COPD, it will be more so.
Organisations such as National Asthma Council Australia offer daily pollen counts for Sydney on “Sydney Pollen and Forecast” so you are made aware of the possibility of an allergy attack coming on and be prepared for it. Similarly, there are other website for the other states too.
Coping with Allergies when on Oxygen Therapy
If you do suffer from COPD and you are required to receive oxygen therapy, then these allergies can be downright uncomfortable. Having to use a nasal cannula for your oxygen therapy via oxygen concentrator while experiencing nasal congestion can really be a bother.
There is no clear connection between allergies and COPD or asthma, apart from the difficulty it can cause for breathing. To take control of the situation when allergies spring up on you, we have a few suggestions in mind.
- Keep Allergy Medication Nearby: One of the most obvious of life choices when you know that you have reactions to allergens in the air would be to be proactive and having your allergy medications on standby. It is advisable to discuss the symptoms and find the best medication that works for you.
- Make Lifestyle Changes: Sometimes, it’s not just the allergies brought on by change of the season, it’s also the environment you live in. In order to minimise your risks of allergies, make lifestyle choices that includes changing air filters, vacuuming regularly, prevent the build-up of mould, wash bedding, curtains and clothing regularly (especially where it could collect dust), to name a few.
- Practice Breathing Exercises: Keeping your breathing under control is important, especially when you feel the onset of an allergy. Practise the likes of pursed-lip breathing which helps use your lungs to the fullest.
With precautions and proper medications, you are able to combat the effects of an allergy attack. Be aware that wearing a mask is a great way to filter out the allergens and irritants too.