Cold weather for anyone can make managing asthma a drag. Do you know what’s worse? Cold weather for an asthma sufferer. Why? Well, the cold weather has a way of worsening asthma symptoms.
There are two major factors that cause issues for people with asthma during winter months. For one, they are exposed to air outside that is dry and cold. The other factor is people tend to be more prone to viral and bacterial infections such as a common cold and sinusitis during this time of year.
Here are a few tips that can make winter a little easier on asthma symptoms.
When it comes to managing asthma symptoms, taking preventative measures is the key. It’s recommended that you take asthma medicine before participating in activities that increase the risk of asthma attacks. This may include before exercising, running errands, or heading outside. Use inhaler at least 30 minutes before heading out in the cold. This will open your airways.
Speaking of prevention, you’re going to need to protect yourself from all those sick people out there. Winter is prime time germ season.
One way to prevent a one of the common respiratory infections is to get a flu shot. The CDC recommends all person aged 6 months and older should get an annual vaccination. They especially recommend people who are at high risk for serious complications from the flu. That includes people with asthma. The flu can worsen asthma attacks.
Washing your hands is one of the simplest ways to avoid catching a cold or any other virus. It’s important for you and your children to wash your hands frequently and properly.
Change the filters in your home. This helps to remove animal dander, mold, dust mites and other bacteria that can cause asthma to flare up. You want to breathe in clean air in your home. Replacing the filters will help that. HEPA air filters can reduce the number of allergens in your home as well.
Shut your mouth. I’m not saying this to be rude but it’s better for your lungs to keep you mouth closed. You shouldn’t breathe through your mouth, you should breath through your nose.
Visit your Doctor. Working with your doctor to develop a plan to manage your asthma plan is always a great idea. No matter the time of year. With the help of a specialist, you’ll be able to come up with a plan that reduce your asthma attacks.
To find out more on managing your asthma, schedule an appointment with an Allergist at one of our five locations by calling (404) 255-9286 or filling out an online form.