Approximately 1 in 12 people in the United States suffer from asthma. Asthma is a chronic condition where the airways to the lungs are sore and swollen. Because of this, the airways are extra sensitive and can swell up due to diverse causes of irritation, restricting airflow to the lungs in what is referred to as an asthma attack. Cold, dry, winter air can act as an irritant to asthma sufferers, so it is important to take extra precautions during the winter months to prevent any emergencies.
Here are some basic tips to lower your or your loved one’s chance of suffering from an asthma attack this winter:
1. Bundle up in layers before heading out into the cold and keep a scarf over your nose and mouth. This helps warm up air before it enters the airways.
2. Regularly take medications as prescribed by your doctor
3. If you are aware that cold air can trigger your asthma, take one or two puffs of your reliever inhaler before going outside
4. Keep your inhaler on your person at all times
5. Warm up for an extra 10-15 minutes before working or exercising outside
Be aware of the general symptoms of asthma such as shortness of breath, coughing, and wheezing. If you or a loved one’s asthma becomes worse than usual, it could be a sign of an oncoming asthma attack. Severe attacks can be fatal, and thus require immediate medical attention.
The staff at Reddy Urgent Care put your health first and hope that you stay healthy throughout these cold months. If you notice the onset of an asthma attack, our highly trained staff are ready seven days a week to help quickly treat your problem.