Flowers are blooming. Trees are budding. It’s finally springtime; well, it is in the parts of the country that still respect and adhere to the seasonal calendar.

For many, spring is an exciting time of the year as it brings warmer weather and prepares us for summer. But for those suffering from asthma, spring, its pollen and other allergens can be dangerous.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, nearly 3 million African Americans were living with asthma in 2012. In fact, Blacks are 20 percent more likely to have asthma than any other race.

Asthma isn’t something to play with. An asthma attack can be fatal.

Here are a few things to be aware of that can trigger a springtime asthma attack:

Trees and grass

Trees and grass produce pollen as they begin to bloom in April. This may result in high pollen counts in the air, which can seriously affect your asthma. Weeds and ragweed are other plants that may trigger your asthma symptoms and make you miserable.

Campfires

Campfires are fun, and a good way to eat a tasty S’more. But, the smoke may not sit so well for someone with asthma. Smoke is another trigger for asthma flare-ups. If you are going to be near a campfire, be sure to sit upwind of the smoke. Also, don’t sit too close to the fire.

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