ASHEVILLE, N.C. December 29, 2017
For many asthmatics, winter time can be problematic. They may do well all year, but then find themselves reaching for a rescue inhaler all the time once the cold weather hits. There are several reasons for this.
1. First, the cold air is a common trigger for asthmatics. Typically, our nose does a good job of warming and humidifying the air we breathe; however, when colder, dryer air reaches our airways, it can trigger immediate symptoms. Asthmatics are particularly sensitive to sudden changes in temperature and will often experience wheezing and tightness in this setting. Some may only experience this with exercise as they breathe more cold air through their mouths. If possible, it’s best to avoid the cold but when unavoidable, covering the nose and mouth and trying to breathe through the nose will help.
2. We tend to spend more time indoors during the winter. For those with indoor allergies, this may worsen asthma symptoms. Indoor allergens such as pets, dust mites and mold are often the culprits. Many use humidifiers due to the dry air; unfortunately, dust mites and molds prefer a more humid environment. Knowing what your allergies are is the key. This will help guide patients to use appropriate avoidance measures (such a dust mite mattress/ pillowcase encasements) or seek allergy and asthma treatment from a board certified Allergy Partners Allergist.
3. Infections such as the common cold and the flu are more likely to occur in the winter. Infections can subsequently trigger asthma symptoms. Washing hands and avoiding sick contacts are essential for asthmatics. Additionally, the CDC recommends that everyone with asthma 6 months or older should get the flu shot. It is not that asthmatics are more likely to get the flu; rather, the flu can trigger asthma attacks and is associated with a greater risk of pneumonia and other acute respiratory diseases.
4. For those who have had good asthma control, many have become more relaxed about taking their medicines. The winter months are often a reminder for those with asthma that this is a chronic disease and compliance with your regular medicines/inhalers, may help prevent increased symptoms during these winter months. Additionally, it is important that patients have an action plan in order to respond to changes in symptoms quickly.
If you have are struggling with asthma this winter, reach out to your trusted Allergy Partners Allergist, http://www.allergypartners.com/locations, and get back on track.
PR: NOVA MedMarket
Amanda Reed, Marketing and Corporate Communications Manager
Allergy Partners, P.A.
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