How to Manage Asthma in the Winter
Brrr! It's cold out there. And that can be a problem when you have asthma.
Cold, dry air can irritate the breathing tubes in your lungs, which may trigger asthma symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath. If your asthma often gets worse in winter, you can reduce your symptoms by following these tips from the American Lung Association and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America:
Keep an eye on weather forecasts when planning exercise or other outdoors activities
If it's going to be very cold, try to move your workouts indoors where it's warmer. Check the air quality in your area by visiting airnow.gov.
Cover your nose and mouth with a scarf when you go outside
This will help warm the air you breathe in before it enters your lungs so that it's less likely to trigger your asthma.
Take your asthma medicines exactly as directed
This includes any daily controller medicines your doctor has prescribed. Keep your quick-relief inhaler with you at all times. Consider using it 20 to 30 minutes before participating in any cold-air activities, and use it right away if your symptoms flare.
As always, ask your doctor if you have questions about how to keep your asthma in check.
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