Saying “I have asthma” may not be as simple as you think. There are different types of asthma, including mild, moderate or severe asthma and each can make every day activities difficult in their own way.
1. Tying your shoes. Bending down can cause shortness of breath for patients with uncontrolled severe asthma.
2. Catching some ZZZZZs. Shifting from standing to lying down may also cause shortness of breath for patients with uncontrolled severe asthma.
3. Traveling on an airplane. Up, up and away! High altitudes can cause patients with severe asthma to have difficulty breathing because they may, at times, have low levels of oxygen in their blood.
4. Spending time on a cruise ship or in a hotel. Hotels and cruises can’t guarantee fully smoke-free environments and often have dust mites.
5. Being near people wearing perfume or cologne. What’s that smell? Scented oils and chemicals found in fragrances can be an irritant for patients with severe asthma, especially in areas that lack ventilation.
6. Petting a friendly animal. Dander from dogs and cats, transferred from pet to human through petting or close proximity, can trigger a severe asthma attack.
7. Preparing for season changes. Mold, dust and dander are often triggers for severe asthma patients to experience symptoms. Make sure clothes are stored in air-tight containers and appropriately cleaned after removing from storage.
8. Doing household chores. An excuse to pass the buck! Harsh chemicals found in many bathroom and kitchen cleaning products may be an irritant for patients with severe asthma.