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Asthma and cold weather

By: Spencer
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More than 17 million adults and 6 million children suffer with asthma in the U.S. The lifelong breathing disorder causes wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness and coughing – leading to 18 million emergency department visits per year.

 

The winter can be particularly tough for people with asthma for several reasons.

·         Cold weather triggers asthma attacks.

·         The cold and flu aggravate asthma symptoms.

·         Staying indoors more increases exposure to triggers like dust and mold.

·         Cold medicine can interfere with asthma.

 

If you or a loved one has asthma, take these precautions during the winter.

·         Wear a scarf over your mouth and nose when going outside.

·         Breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth when outdoors in the cold.

·         Exercise indoors when possible – physical activity can strengthen the lungs.

·         Keep indoor areas clean, regulate the humidity and minimize dust.

·         Take all medications as prescribed to you by your doctor, even if you feel fine.

·         Practice proper hand-washing frequently.

·         Drink plenty of fluids

 

If your kid has asthma:

·         Make sure your child knows their triggers, symptoms of an asthma attack and their asthma attack action plan.

·         Discuss your child’s asthma action plan with the school nurse.

 

Importantly, if you have been prescribed a rescue inhaler for asthma, always carry it with you.

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