GUIDE FOR MANAGING ASTHMA IN WINTERS

GUIDE FOR MANAGING ASTHMA IN WINTERS

GUIDE FOR MANAGING ASTHMAIN WINTERS

One of the most challenging physical health conditions, Asthma is alung condition that can make your airways narrow, swell, and produce extramucus, which causes breathing difficulties. While some suffer from the conditionfor their entire lifetime, suffering from an asthma attack is a significantproblem they usually face.

The condition with no cure available tends to showcase an increasednumber of attacks in winters according to some the asthma patients. While the challengesin winters are staying inside inhaling triggers and the cold weather outsidecausing flu, the asthma patients have to be aware of the measures they can taketo mange asthma in winters.  They tend tobreathe the asthma triggers inside the house or at work. The triggers usuallyinclude mold, pet dander, dust mites, and even fires in the fireplace. On theother hand, when someone ventures out they breathe cold air that can also leadto an asthma attack.

Myths Attached to Asthmain Winters

The season of cold and flu can be particularly challenging forpeople who have asthma and but one may confuse both the conditions and form afew myths about it over time. Here is how one can bust the common myths aboutflu and asthma and manage their condition better:

  • One cannot get a flu shot whenhe/she has asthma: There is no evidence found to this claim, on the other hand,one must have a flu shot especially if they are asthma patients as they are inmuch need than an average person. Flu infection can trigger asthma attacks asthe patients can have a severe course with influenza.
  • One won't have an issue due toflu if they have well-managed asthma: It is believed that those who managetheir asthma with medications have fewer chances to experience the symptoms offlu, however, the flu can cause exacerbation to someone who has well-managedasthma. This can be due to inflammation that causes the inning lining of theairways to swell and mucus to be produced.
  • Allergens are the most commoncause for increased asthma symptoms: Asthma is a complex condition that has todo with airway hyperactivity and a certain characteristic and appearance onpulmonary function tests. Allergens are anything that is consumed or inhaledthat can cause allergic reactions, they are a big trigger but they are not themost common ones as the number one trigger is cold and flu.
  • More number of children withasthma experience flu than kids without it: Well, it is not true, children withor without asthma suffer from flu and cold, however, the fact that kids withasthma may experience symptoms that gets worse as they may keep the airwaysreactive.

MeasuresTo Manage Asthma in Winters

Winters are tough for asthma patients, beit kids or adults, an action plan made with the doctors can benefit one to be preparedfor the winters. The plan will act as a guide to ensure that one puts their effortsto control the condition with information and instructions on knowing if thesymptoms get worse, medications to take when one is doing well and when symptomsget worse, steps to take in an emergency, doctor's contact info for anemergency and controlling asthma triggers.

LearnAbout the triggers

Triggers make the airways or the tubes inthe lungs that carry air become tight and clogged with mucus resulting in anasthma attack. One should acknowledge the triggers that make their condition tobecome worse in order to mange asthma in winters. Limiting time around petslike dogs and cats can help curb the allergy triggers along with using coverbedding like mite-proof covers on the mattress, box springs, and pillows.

TakingPreventive Measures

Washing hands often, avoid sharing foodsand drinks with people who are ill as well as be aware of the objects that canharbour germs and keep the nebulizers clean can be done as activities to guardthe body against colds and viruses. These preventive measures are a key part ofwhat one can do to mange asthma in winters.

Medications

Now that the myth is cleared, getting aflu shot will be a good way to avoid catching the flu and also ensure that oneis taking their medication on time. The asthma medications play a key role incontrolling the condition and its symptoms. Controller medications help avoidasthma attack by keeping the airways less inflamed. Quick relief medications orrescue medications relax the muscles around the airway. The right medicationallows one to live an active and normal life.

ExerciseIndoors

 When it is cold outside in the winter, thecold air can become a trigger for asthma attacks. In such a scenario, oneshould avoid exercising in the cold symptoms can increase the symptoms such ascoughing and wheezing even faster leading to cold induced asthma. One shouldavoid going outside to the park and the temperatures and the humidity in thegym are less likely to cause a problem.

Conclusion:

With the information given above along with the myths and measures that one can take to avoid asthma attacks in winters, one should be able to avoid the risks of attacks and stay healthy in the cold weather.

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