Definition Alternative Names Health and humidifiers; Using a humidifier for colds; Humidifiers and colds Information Increasing the humidity in your home helps eliminate the dry air that can irritate and inflame the passages in the nose and throat. Humidified air can relieve the discomfort of colds and the flu . Using a humidifier in the home can help relieve a stuffy nose and can help break up mucus so you can cough it up. Humidifier tips: Always use a cool-mist humidifier (vaporizer), especially for children. Warm mist humidifiers can cause burns if a person gets too close. Place the humidifier several feet away from the bed. Do not run a humidifier for a long time. If room surfaces are constantly damp or wet to the touch, mold and mildew can grow. This can cause breathing problems in some people. Humidifiers must be drained and cleaned daily, because bacteria can grow in standing water. Do not run a humidifier for a long time. If room surfaces are constantly damp or wet to the touch, mold an...
Lots of snow piles for kids to play in, snowy hills for sledding, and sports such as skiing and ice skating are all things that make a long winter enjoyable for many. But if you have asthma, a long winter can increase exposure to winter asthma triggers, potentially making your asthma worse.
Nine of the most common winter asthma triggers are listed here, with some tips on how to control them.
1. Colds and flus : Spending all day inside with doors and windows closed, and the heat blaring, sets up a breeding ground for viruses and bacteria. Viral infections are the most common asthma triggers. The best way to prevent the spread of any contagious disease is frequent hand washing. It’s also a good idea to remind people to cover their mouths when they sneeze and cough.
2. Dry indoor air : Winter air, even while indoors, tends to be very dry, and inhaling dry air may irritate airway passages. It may also ...
If you have asthma, chances are you have exercise induced asthma (EIA). I was actually a bit shocked as I read this post and learned that of the 18 million Americans with asthma, 80-90 percent have EIA.
What I also found stunning was that this article from the New York Times noted half of all cross country skiers, and 17 percent of Olympic-level distance runners, have been diagnosed with EIA. Likewise, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology ( AAAAI.org ), 23 percent of all olympians have EIA.
I have EIA, and chances are you do too if you've ever experienced the following symptoms during or 5-15 minutes after exercise:
Shortness of breath
Chest pain (rarely)
cough (perhaps due to increased mucus production)
When these symptoms occur they can be treated with your rescue inhaler (like Albuterol ) and rest. Although, witih proper diagnosis and treatment, thes...
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