Keeping Asthma Under Control Throughout The Cold Months, How To Do It

Keeping Asthma Under Control Throughout The Cold Months, How To Do It

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory condition of the airways that causes recurring episodes of wheezing, breathlessness and chest tightness. The best way to avoid wintertime asthma symptoms is by making smart choices about your environment and lifestyle. By keeping your home clean and free from allergens and irritants, you’ll reduce your risk of developing asthma symptoms during the colder months.

In addition to genetic factors, asthma can also be triggered by allergens such as pollen, dust mites, pet dander and mold spores.

Here are some tips to help you prevent asthma attacks during winter:

  • Wear a mask when outdoors: The air is filled with allergens during the winter season. If you suffer from asthma, wear a mask outside to protect yourself from inhaling airborne particles and allergens.
  • Keep indoor temperature comfortable: Keep your house humidified to create a healthy environment for your lungs. Humidifiers add moisture to dry indoor air and make breathing easier for those who have asthma or any other respiratory problem. Avoid using scented candles or incense indoors as they can irritate the airways of people who suffer from respiratory problems such as asthma.
  • Avoid cold drafts: Cold drafts may aggravate asthma symptoms in people who have a history of this condition. Therefore, avoid walking into cold rooms or opening doors without closing them immediately after entering.
  • If you have allergies, ask your doctor about taking antihistamines on days when pollen counts are high. These drugs help reduce inflammation in the body and relieve some symptoms of asthma caused by allergic reactions. But be careful not to take too much medication because it can cause drowsiness or dizziness and make it harder to breathe deeply or cough up mucus from your lungs — both of which are important parts of treating asthma symptoms properly.
  • Use a humidifier at home and avoid dry indoor heat sources such as fireplaces, wood stoves and radiators.

Anna Daniels

Anna is an avid blogger with an educational background in medicine and mental health. She is a generalist with many other interests including nutrition, women's health, astronomy and photography. In her free time from work and writing, Anna enjoys nature walks, reading, and listening to jazz and classical music.

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