Health

Thursday 31 July 2014

Be prepared and avoid winter onset of asthma

Cold weather can be a major trigger for Asthma. Photo: Getty Images.
Cold weather can be a major trigger for Asthma. Photo: Getty Images.

Cold weather is a major trigger for asthma symptoms – a risk that 470,000 people in Ireland with the condition need to be aware of.

People whose asthma is well-controlled are more likely to be able to withstand the risks of winter months. Basic tips to avoid an attack during the cold include:

* Keep taking preventer medicines as prescribed by your doctor.

* If you know that cold air triggers your asthma, take one or two puffs of your reliever inhaler before going outside.

* Keep your blue reliever inhaler with you at all times.

* Wrap up well and wear a scarf over your nose and mouth – this will help to warm up the air before you breathe it in.

* Take extra care when exercising in cold weather. Warm up for 10-15 minutes and take one or two puffs of your reliever inhaler before you start.

Signs of an asthma attack include:

* Coughing more than usual.

* Getting short of breath.

* Wheezing.

* Feeling a tightness in your chest.

* Having difficulty speaking in full sentences.

Irish Independent

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