Air quality is something that you should pay a lot of attention to if you suffer from asthma. While some people who suffer from asthma have exercise induced asthma, there are many others for whom asthma attacks are triggered by allergies – and air quality is something that is important to them.
Air quality ratings can include everything from pollen counts – which are important for people who suffer from hayfever, to pollution information – which can be important if you are an asthmatic.
Unfortunately, while air quality warnings can give you an idea of what the conditions are like in a given town or city, there is not much that you can do to change it. All that getting air quality warnings will do is give you an idea of if you should take your inhaler with you, or if you should be worried about pollution in general – but for most people it is not as simple as ‘don’t go out’ if air quality is poor. If you have to go to work then you will have to find a way to do so safely.
What some people do, especially in bigger and more densely populated cities, is use masks to filter the air. In some cities these are only seen when people are worried about infections – for example if there has been a pandemic warning. However, in areas with a lot of smog, you can use disposable masks to filter the air you breath outside.
A lot of cyclists wear masks to filter the air they are breathing while they are on the roads – so that they don’t have to breathe in diesel particles, for example. This can help to prevent respiratory problems and allergic reactions caused by prolonged exposure to fumes.