The winter weather can inflame asthma if you allow yourself to get exposed to the elements. Dr. Andrew Kim of the Allergy and Asthma Center of Fredericksburg helped prepare a list of great tips.
- Keep your flu shots up to date. Any virus can bring asthma symptoms. A simple flu vaccine can prevent most flu related asthma attacks.
- Prevent viruses by over-washing your hands. Viruses can live on hands, keyboards and doorknobs for hours after they’ve come into contact with an infected person.
- Don’t get fooled by the lack of greenery outside, you still need to be religious about using your inhaler (if you’ve been prescribed to use one) every day.
- Get a grip on what causes you to have asthma in the winter and then design an action plan. Is is cold air, allergies, or exercise. If you know yourself well, you can avoid those activities which trigger asthma symptoms.
- Sorry, but it is best to stay indoors as cold air is particularly irritating for the asthmatic lung. Only go outdoors with a ski mask that covers your mouth and nose. Wear scarf and a warm winter coat.
- The outdoor allergens like pollen diminish in the winter but the indoor allergens are in full gear. Dust mites and other pesky home bugs like to breed in a warm home. Keep your home clean and vacuum frequently.
According to Vitals.com, Dr. Andrew Kim is a Patients’ Choice Allergist and Immunologist. With an average wait-time of 15 minutes at his practice, he is also affiliated with Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, VA.