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Winter, Asthma, and You

By Zach Collins

The winter is often a time of mild, moderate, or even severe health issues for some people. The sudden change into cold, dry temperatures can lead to problems for numerous groups of people with a variety of issues. However the one we’re most concerned with today is of course respiratory issues.

We’ve all experienced being outside, and feeling the cold, stinging feeling in our lungs from breathing in cold air. Imagine that experience for someone who, for example, has asthma? It’s undeniably a scary thought. So let’s find out more about what effects the winter can have, and what you can do to avoid it.

Cold and Flu

The winter months are commonly referred to as “Cold and Flu Season,” due to the sharp increase in the number of people who get these common sicknesses. Since both colds and the flu can affect your respiratory system and lead to strained or troubled breathing, it’s important for people with asthma to try to stay as healthy as possible. The addition of the coughing, sneezing, wheezing, and all-around no fun of a sickness can make the symptoms of asthma only worse, and trigger pretty severe asthma attacks, with potentially serious results. So stay bundled up and healthy!

Exercise

Exercise can be hard enough as it is for those with asthma, as the strenuous activity can lead to breathing problems and in some cases “exercise induced asthma.” The cold weather can make this worse, by making breathing shortened and strained, and the muscles in your chest and lungs tight. Asthma attacks as a result of cold-weather exercise are common, so it’s important to keep an eye on it and not let it catch you by surprise.

So what do I do?

When those cold fall and winter months come, it’s almost important to try and stay warm and healthy. But it’s especially important for those with asthma, or for parents of children with asthma. As always, to find out more about Aeroflow Respiratory, click here to qualify through insurance or call Toll Free at 1-888-345-1780.

 

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