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Asthma: 4 tips for a better life during the winter

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By : Vik

6 months ago

1. Dress warmly and protect your airways 

Cold air entering the hypersensitive airways of a person with asthma can trigger an attack. In addition, viruses circulate more freely in winter than during other seasons. If you have asthma and you catch a virus like the flu, it can multiply your attacks and make them worse. To avoid this, you should dress warmly and protect your mouth and nose from cold air. A hat, a scarf, a good coat and you’re good to go. In addition, I suggest you get a flu shot every year, as this limits the exacerbation (worsening) of asthma attacks! 


2. Sports in winter? Yes, but don’t go too hard 

To practice sports in winter, apply the same advice as for the rest of the year and avoid the triggers of your asthma (tobacco, pollution, animal hair, etc.). But be careful, cold air can be a trigger too. Take the time to warm up slowly, hydrate properly and favor indoor sports (but beware of viruses carried by other people, especially in gyms). Practice an activity that is preferably short and not too intense. And of course, keep your emergency medication with you.  


3. Winter holidays are possible with the doctor's approval  

Going to the mountains to ski is possible, but you should discuss this with your doctor first. Your general practitioner or pneumologist must confirm that you are able to withstand the mountain air and the effort of skiing (or snowboarding, for even more style on the slopes). Moreover, altitude is not recommended, so avoid staying in the highest chalet on the mountain! In any case, it’s recommended to see a doctor for asthma at least once a year, so why not schedule this appointment at the start of winter to prepare your holidays? Once again, always carry your emergency treatment with you when walking in the mountains (and your telephone to call for help if needed).  


4. Staying at home is fine, but it needs to be clean! 

Is it too cold to go outside? If you stay at home, remember to air out your living space and remove dust (don't forget your bedding). Dust mites and dust are also triggers. In winter, there are also molds due to humidity. So even if it's difficult to open the window, it's important to do it!  


With your asthma, you are more sensitive to the environment. In winter, you have to be even more careful to take your treatment correctly and have your emergency treatment on you at all times. Knowing what triggers your asthma attacks can help you adjust your lifestyle. Winter is often an additional factor. You can adapt your lifestyle by following these tips and keep your asthma under control! 

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