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.
Early this morning, I heard the first blast of this latest winter weather knocking on the door. Well, actually, maybe I had better say that the wind gust that signaled the impending deep freeze rattled our windows. And almost everyone’s going to be really cold! When I work, I often stream the broadcast of Colorado Public Radio. This morning, they’re reporting that Aspen, Colorado is 12 degrees below zero. Brrrrr!
So what should you do if you like to exercise outdoors, but when you open your door, you’re faced with this type of bracing chill? Here are some tips:
Check with your doctor before exercising in cold weather. The Mayo Clinic notes that while everyone can safely exercise in cold weather, people with certain conditions such as asthma and heart issues can be at risk. Therefore, it’s important to talk to your doctor about any precautions you need to take based on your individual health.
Check the weather before heading outdoors. A wind chill can make exer...
Cold weather and itchy skin
Here are some recommendations for dealing with dry skin :
Take fewer and shorter baths. When you bathe, avoid hot water.
Moisturize your skin immediately after bathing in order to prevent the skin from drying.
Avoid overdrying wet skin. Try patting your skin dry.
Avoid excessive use of soap. Try a soapless cleanser.
Don't overheat your house, and use a humidifier if you live in a dry climate.
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