Old Man Winter’s arrival means you’re out of the woods for allergy season…only to be greeted by another slew of potential asthma triggers. Winter can also be a tough time for asthmatics because the cold weather forces us indoors where we’re surround by asthma triggers like pets, mold, dust mites and dander. Venturing outdoors can also bring on an asthma attack if the cold air irritates your lungs.
As you work with your doctor to identify asthma triggers you can take some steps to reduce the risk of asthma attacks. In the bedroom, you can encase the mattress in an impervious mattress cover and use mite-proof covers for pillows to reduce interactions with dust mites. Keep your home cool and dry to ward off mold and mildew; be sure to run the exhaust fan after you shower.
It’s cold and flu season, and these illnesses can exacerbate your asthma symptoms. Take precautions by frequently washing your hands and consider getting a flu shot. If the cold air outdoors is an asthma trigger for you, workout indoors and cover your mouth and nose with a scarf when you’re outside.