Dealing with Asthma in the Winter
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Asthma is increasing in the US every year. From 2001 to 2009, the number of people diagnosed with asthma increased by 4.3 million, and this trend is not likely to end anytime soon. With the continuing prevalence of asthma, there is an increased need for awareness on how to control asthma attacks better – especially during the winter.
Unfortunately during the winter, many people experience an increase in asthma attacks due to two main reasons: 1) cold temperatures trigger asthma attacks more frequently and 2) people tend to stay indoors more often when it is cold. As for the former reason, there is not much one can do to help this problem other than covering one’s mouth and nose with a scarf while out in cold weather. Fortunately, for the latter, there are a few things one can do to, many of which were covered in a previous article. (link to article on how to keep home fresh without an air purifier)
Just as a refresher, here is a quick rundown of a few things you can do from the previous article (read the article for more details though!):
1. Vacuum often
2. Keep the humidity lower
3. Increase ventilation
4. Bathe your pets regularly
Then in addition to these, there are a few other things one can do:
5. Wash your hands. Washing your hands, keeping from touching your face too often, and keeping away from ill people reduces the possibility of getting a cold, which is a common trigger for asthma attacks.
6. Get a flu shot. While a flu shot does not guarantee immunity from the flu, it does lower the likelihood of catching the flu significantly. The flu is also a common trigger for asthma attacks.
7. Exercise indoors. Even if one has not had an asthma attack for a long while, exercising in cold air can still trigger an attack.
8. Buy an air purifier. One of the best ways to prevent asthma attacks indoors is to attack the source of these asthma attacks directly: getting rid of allergens in the air, some which may be potential asthma triggers. Clean air will always be the best method of reducing asthma attacks indoors.
Clair-BF2025 Filter after two months
These are some of the things one can do to reduce the likelihood of an asthma attack at home during the winter. While these methods may work for some, it may not work for others. Therefore, the absolute best way one can reduce asthma attacks is by simply knowing one’s triggers. Knowledge is power, and knowing what triggers your asthma attacks and avoiding them is the best way to control them.
Clean air. All day. Every day.