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How to Manage Asthma During the Winter Months

For asthmatics, the winter season presents a whole other set of challenges. A cold blast of wintry air can trigger an attack. People tend to spend more time indoors in the colder months. This means more exposure to indoor triggers like dust mites, pet dander and smoke.

According to the Asthma Foundation, implementing an “asthma plan of action” will allow you to get through the winter season with fewer chances of an asthma attack.

What is an Asthma Plan of Action?

An asthma plan of action is a written list of action steps to take to minimize or prevent asthma attacks, and it is beneficial for all seasons. Your doctor can create an asthma plan of action tailored to your specific needs. Taking your asthma medication and regular reviews with your doctor help you manage your asthma during the winter season.

Managing Cold Weather Triggers

Cold air can tighten the airways, making breathing more difficult. This can trigger an asthma attack. When you go out in cold weather, wear a scarf around your mouth and nose (or a winter mask that covers the bottom half of the face) and try breathing through your nose. This will warm and moisten the air you inhale. Exercise indoors at a gym or in your home on very cold days.

Managing Indoor Triggers

Here are some ways to manage indoor asthma triggers:

Managing Cold and Flu Triggers

Here are tips to manage cold and flu asthma triggers:

Living with asthma is all about being in control of what causes, rather than letting those triggers control you and your ability to enjoy a full life.

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