TERMLY HEALTH FOCUS
Winter is one of the most hazardous times of the year for people with Asthma. Hospital admissions for Asthma related issues peak during December and January, with falling temperatures and an abundance of cold and flu viruses can complicate the condition further.
The Top five winter asthma triggers are:
- Cold and damp weather (78%),
- Colds and flu (73%),
- Cigarette smoke (59%),
- Scented candles (45%),
- Dusty decorations / ornaments (44%)
But there are a number to things you can do to help prevent or reduce Asthma attacks, and reduce winter’s effects:
The best way to avoid a change in weather triggering asthma symptoms is to manage your asthma well:
- Take your medication exactly as prescribed and discussed with your GP or asthma nurse.
- Check with your GP or asthma nurse that you’re using your inhaler(s) correctly.
- Use a written asthma action plan and keep it where you can see it (on the fridge, for example). You can also take a photo of it on your phone so you can refer to it whenever you need it. Please ensure that a copy of your (or your child’s) asthma plan / medication and specific needs are relayed to the First aid department at Moreton School.
- Go for regular asthma reviews.
- Keep an eye on the weather forecast here.
There are a number of practical tips that can help reduce the effects of asthma:
- Carry your reliever inhaler with you at all times and keep taking your regular preventer inhaler as prescribed by your doctor.
- If you need to use your inhaler more often than usual, or use more puffs, speak to your doctor about reviewing your medication.
- Keep warm and dry – wear gloves, a scarf and a hat, and carry an umbrella.
- If sudden changes in temperature – like stepping from a warm house onto a cold street – trigger your symptoms, try wrapping a scarf loosely over your nose and mouth before you go out. This will help to warm up the air before you breathe it in.
- Try breathing in through your nose instead of your mouth, as your nose is designed to warm the air as you breathe it in.
Asthma UK is also running #scarfie campaign at the moment urging people to wrap up warm during the colder months, and to spread the word by sharing your photos on Twitter and Facebook. Please see the link below for further details.
All links shown above will give full access to the Asthma UK website where students and parents can access information and support for Asthma sufferers.