Managing Asthma this WinterJanuary 15, 2015

Winter Asthma Problems

Successfully managing your asthma symptoms during the winter can present a challenge for many people. The cold, dry winter air and exposure to cold and flu viruses are just a couple of the potential triggers that can cause a flare-up of asthma symptoms. Asthma symptoms to be on the lookout for include coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. At Allergy & Clinical Immunology Associates, we help our patients learn how to identify and avoid triggers to keep asthma symptoms under control. Some wintertime tips from our expert physicians include:

  • Don’t stop taking your asthma controller medication. Being vigilant about taking the daily medication(s) prescribed by your physician is an important step in maintaining control.
  • Get a flu shot! Protect yourself from respiratory illnesses that can cause serious asthma flares. This also includes proper handwashing and staying away from others who are ill.
  • Limit exposure to extremely cold air when possible. Exercising indoors during the winter and covering your face with a scarf or ski mask while outside may help.
  • Always keep your reliever inhaler on hand. Using your reliever inhaler at the onset of symptoms opens your airways, making it easier to breathe.
  • Have an asthma action plan. Make an appointment with the experts at Allergy and Clinical Immunology Associates to design a treatment plan to keep your asthma symptoms under control during the winter season!