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Every asthmatic, as well as parents of asthmatic children, must be watchful for the four asthma triggers that come about in the cold weather seasons. While many of these triggers are difficult to avoid, there are things we can do to prevent them from triggering asthma.
Cold air : Cold air can trigger an asthma attack. I remember going sledding with my brothers when I was a kid and having an asthma attack nearly every time. This was very frustrating for me.
It took me a while, but eventually I realized it was the cold air itself that was triggering my asthma. Eventually I learned that it wasn't just me but most asthma and other chronic lungers whose lungs are affected this way by cold air.
While these may take some of the fun out of cold weather games, there are some tips for dealing with and preventing cold air asthma attacks:
Wear a scarf over your mouth and nose
Do not exercise outdoors.
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