GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -- Dr. Michael Bryant from The Urgency Room stopped by KARE 11 News at 4 p.m. to talk about why spring is a tough time for Minnesotans with asthma. The short answer is that Minnesotans deal with two of the top asthma triggers during April, May and June:
Sure spring allergies are a pain. But, for those with asthma, allergies can be life threatening. Asthma attacks, which can be triggered by allergies, are very scary, especially for those who are not prepared with medications to open their airways.
During an asthma attack, the lining of the airways becomes swollen or inflamed and thicker mucus -- more than normal -- is produced. An asthma attack makes it difficult to breath. It also causes wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and difficulty performing normal daily activities. Left untreated, an asthma attack can cause the sufferer to loose consciousness and can lead to death.
After a long, cold, snowy winter (and part of spring!) indoors, we all want to get out to walk, run, ride our bikes and FINALLY move our bodies outdoors. However, in spring, the colder dryer air that asthma sufferers inhale while exercising triggers the muscle bands around the airways to contract and narrow. This happens because the airways of an asthma sufferer are sensitive to temperature and humidity changes. The result is coughing, difficulty breathing, unusual fatigue and even an asthma attack.