‘Tis the season for … asthma? Many people associate asthma with seasonal spring allergies. But asthma can also strike during winter. If you have asthma, here are some crucial tips to stay safe indoors and outside.
Get allergy tests
Las Vegas allergies can surface in many forms indoors. Dust that accumulates with the doors and windows closed and pet dander are just a few indoor allergens that can cause your asthma symptoms to flare up.
Get a flu shot
Some viruses can exacerbate your asthma symptoms, such as the flu and other upper respiratory infections. Getting a flu shot each year can reduce your symptoms if you are exposed to or infected with the flu.
Wash your hands
Washing your hands frequently with soap and water is another excellent way to avoid exposure to pathogens that can trigger asthma. Antibacterial hand wipes and alcohol-based hand sanitizers will also work if soap and hot water are not available.
Move away from the fireplace
For many people, sitting by the fireplace is a welcome part of a winter day’s routine. However, the smoke from a fireplace can be just as harmful as tobacco smoke to inhale, say experts, and cause problems for individuals with upper respiratory issues.
Exposure to cold air can cause spasms in your bronchial tubes that trigger an asthma attack. If you can’t get to a gym or prefer to exercise in the fresh air, consider exercising outdoors during a warmer part of the day to avoid bitterly cold temperatures and wind chills.
Allergy-proof your home
There are specific steps and precautions you can take to reduce your exposure to allergens indoors. Using allergy-proof covers and bedding is a good start. Replace filters as necessary, and ensure that there is proper ventilation in your home.
Breathe through your nose
Breathing through your nose rather than your month during the winter months can reduce your asthma symptoms. Breathing through the nose is more comfortable on the lungs, as your nose will warm up the air before it reaches your lungs. Alternatively, you can wear a scarf over your mouth.
Avoid subzero temps
If possible, avoid exposure to frigid air. When temperatures and wind chills fall below zero degrees, it’s best to stay indoors.
Depending on your asthma severity, an allergy specialist may prescribe medications, such as an inhaler. If allergy testing reveals that an allergic reaction triggers your asthma, an allergist may prescribe allergy medication as well.
Seek medical treatment
If you feel that you don’t have control over your asthma symptoms, or if you develop a fever or sudden cough, it’s essential to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
To get your allergies under control this winter, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Tottori, an allergy specialist in Las Vegas. You can schedule an appointment with Dr. Tottori online or by calling (702) 240 4233 today.