Winters are the worst months for those suffering from asthma. It is not only the damp and cold air that triggers asthma attacks but the air is infested with pollens, mold spores, dust mites etc., that have a bad effect. Besides they also have the cold and flu viruses to combat which is afloat in the winter atmosphere. However, there are some precautions which if taken will help you keep your asthma under control.
- Keep Your House Clean
Dampness gives rise to mold and dust mites. If you keep your home dry and clean then these fungi wouldn’t grow. Whenever you are using the dishwasher or cooking you should have the exhaust fan running. Any leaking pipes and windows in the house should be fixed. Try and use mite-proof covers on the pillows and mattresses so you can limit the mites from triggering allergies in you.
Washing your hands will help in keeping the virus from entering your body when you touch your mouth, eyes or nose. You should also maintain your distance from those who are already suffering with flu or cold.
- Spend Less Time Around Pets
People who are asthmatic shouldn’t allow pets especially cats and dogs in the bedroom. Pet’s dander’s will usually trigger sneezing and coughing and will aggravate your asthma.
- Avoid Cold Air
If you are the one who loves to go out for walks or jogs then limit yourself indoors. If you are to work then you should use a scarf to cover your nose and mouth. Cold air is not good for you as it may cause an asthma flare-up. You should not keep your mouth open if you are without a scarf. Let your nose do the breathing as your nose makes the air warm for the lungs. Wearing a scarf around the mouth and nose helps in humidifying the air that you breathe. If you do want to go outside for some fresh air you can pick a time that is warm like late afternoons.
- Keep Filters Clean and Replace them if Required
When you start up your heating system for the first time as the winters set in there may be a lot of dust that could be blown in. It is important that you clean the filters or replace them if needed before you turn your heating system on. Sudden release of debris can trigger an attack of asthma. Use a humidifier to avoid the inside of your home from getting too dry as it is not good for people with asthmatic conditions.
- Avoid Sitting Around the Fireplace
Research has made it clear that smoke is not good for your lungs. Smoke can irritate your lungs and you can get an asthmatic attack. Although the feel while sitting around fire is quite warm and relieving but it is not good for your condition. Maintain your distance and even if you do sit around it, you should watch your time and move after some time.
- Take Your Medication
Most people suffering with asthma are under some medication and use bronchodilators or asthma inhalers. It is important that they take their medicines regularly and keep their inhalers with them in case of asthma attacks. Your medical treatment regime shouldn’t be disturbed by a busy schedule or else your condition could get worse.
You should follow the tips above as they will help you keep asthma in check or visit an homeopathic doctor for permanent cure for asthma with homeopathy.