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What's Going Around: Asthma issues related to allergies

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BELOIT (WKOW) -- If you have asthma and you use a rescue inhaler more than two or three times a week, it may be time to talk to your healthcare provider. 

Laura Anderson, FNP-BC, APNP with Community Health Systems in Beloit says recently she's seeing asthma issues because of seasonal allergies. Anderson says spring and fall are prime times for asthma flare-ups because of the heat and increased mucus production.

If you have asthma, you might notice you're coughing, wheezing or having trouble breathing. Anderson says sometimes asthma can make you cough more at night. Or you might have a harder time with regular activities.

Anderson suggests avoiding things that trigger asthma, like smoke, pollen and pet hair. Vacuum your house and use air conditioning if you can.

Rescue inhalers can help, but if you use it more than two or three times a week, Anderson says that's a sign your asthma is not controlled well. She suggests scheduling an appointment with your provider to talk about changing medications during a flare-up.

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