The cold, dry air of winter and the season’s circulation of the common cold and other upper respiratory infections probably flare up your asthma symptoms and maybe even trigger asthma attacks. Keep a handle on asthma attacks during the winter months with these 5 tips.
- Wash your hands frequently and correctly. Use alcohol-based sanitizers or warm soap and water to cleanse your hands throughout the day.
- Get vaccinated. Asthma doesn’t make you more susceptible to the flu, but if you do get the flu your experience could be a lot worse than someone without asthma. Get the injectable form of the flu vaccine every year.
- Replace filters. Clean and replace filters before turning on your home heating system for the winter. The system can blow dust and debris that’s accumulated over time throughout the house. The sudden release of this build up can trigger an asthma attack.
- Warm up before working out outside. People with asthma recover faster and have better lung function after exercising when they warm-up before. For example, before running outside, run for 20 minutes inside before heading out into the cold. Alternatively, when it’s bitterly cold outside, try going to the gym for your workout instead.
- Breathe through your nose. When you’re braving the cold, breathe through your nose, not your mouth. The nose warms up the air before delivering it to the lungs. Wearing a scarf over your nose or mouth is another way to warm up the harsh, cold air before it reaches your lungs.
For more winter asthma tips, check out Everyday Health’s article.
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