Are you excited about the North Carolina State Fair?Here are some pointers to help you enjoy all the fair has to offer, even if you have asthma.
October is Not Too Early for Flu Shots
The flu causes inflammation and narrowing of your airways which can in turn trigger an asthma flare-up.
People with asthma should always get their yearly flu shot to both avoid catching the flu and suffering its complications that can trigger asthma attacks.
Sheep and Rabbits and Ponies Oh My!
One of the favorite kid friendly attractions at the fair is the petting zoo. Take the proper steps to protect yourself when visiting all of the adorable baby animals. Close contact with animals can trigger an asthma attack because you may come in contact with proteins that are found in animal saliva, skin flakes, urine and feces.
Animal fur collects pollen, mold and other outdoor allergens that can be another trigger of your asthma symptoms. Remind your family members to wash their hands after visiting the petting zoo. Do not touch your eyes or any part of your face until you wash your hands!
Navigating Fair Food: Be Aware of Food Allergies
Each year the food vendors at the North Carolina State Fair come up with new and existing food offerings. In 2017 a few of the special treats on the menu were Deep Fried Key Lime Bites, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Corn on the Cob, and the Blue Hawaii Funnel Cake. If you are unsure about what you are ordering, ask for an ingredients list. Those with severe food allergies may want to skip the fair food altogether and pack their own snacks. Always remember to keep food allergy medication on hand.
Watch for Exposure to Second Hand Smoke
Big crowds at outdoor venues can mean increased exposure to second hand smoke. If you are exposed to second hand smoke it is best to try to remove yourself from the area. Smoke will irate your airways and can cause them to swell and narrow. Secondhand smoke is harmful to children and adults with asthma and is a common trigger.
Travel with an extra inhaler and asthma medications. Everyone can enjoy their day out at the fair when they are prepared to manage asthma flare-ups.
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