For many asthmatics, winter takes their breath away—and not because the world has been transformed into a winter wonderland. According to an article from Web MD, the unique weather conditions of wintertime can actually cause more frequent attacks:
“There are two challenges for people with asthma in the winter. One is that they spend more time inside. The other is that it’s cold outside,” says H. James Wedner, MD, an asthma expert at Washington University in St. Louis.
While you’re indoors, you breathe in asthma triggers such as mold, pet dander, dust mites, and even fires in the fireplace. When you venture out, you could have an asthma attack from inhaling the cold air.
While the year’s coldest season can be particularly harsh to people like you who are prone to asthma, there are things you can do to prevent attacks. Before stepping outside, wear a turtle-neck shirt or throw a scarf around your neck to warm the air you breathe. Indoors, make sure to change your HVAC’s filter regularly to prevent dust from being recirculated inside your house. Also, consider purchasing a room humidifier since heating can make indoor air dry, which can irritate your lungs.
You should also get a flu shot since other respiratory diseases can trigger or worsen asthma episodes. You can get one at a local Lacey urgent care clinic, such as the one run by U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group.
If you’re experiencing a mild or moderate attack, Lacey urgent care centers can provide you the necessary medical attention, and you will be treated faster than if you were to visit a hospital emergency room. For more severe attacks, though, you may be referred to a hospital for more extensive care.
(Article Information and Image from Winter Asthma, WebMD.com)