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Asthma Winter Checklist

Did you know that cold air can literally take your breath away? Cold air and runny noses are major triggers for asthma flare ups. Studies show up to 70% of asthmatics say their asthma triggered from a combination of cold air and exercise. Just as we feel stinging or tears from cold air drying out and irritating our eyes, if you are asthmatic, the cold air may cause a similar reaction in your lungs. This in turn can trigger asthma symptoms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is an Asthma Winter Checklist to minimise the effect of winter on your asthma symptoms:

 

  • Assess how well your asthma is really controlled by taking an Asthma Control Test. More than half of asthmatics in New Zealand suffer with uncontrolled asthma. Having your asthma under control means being to live a physically active life with little or no symptoms of asthma day or night. You can complete the test with your health provider or test yourself on-line at www.asthmacontrol.co.nz\

  • Do you have an Asthma Action Plan in place? Monitoring your asthma symptoms and reviewing your medication will help you to take control of your asthma. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about getting your own individualised Asthma Action Plan.

  • Consider getting a flu shot. Information about this can be found at www.fightflu.co.nz

  • Support your immune system naturally. Many natural remedies such as vitamin C, zinc and echinacea may help to increase your immunity. 

  • Think about becoming smokefree. With such amazing health rewards and great support systems in place, becoming smokefree is certainly worth the effort.

  • Treat allergies and avoid triggers. Knowing what your triggers are and undertaking to avoid them may well be key in keeping your asthma symptoms at bay. To find out what is triggering your asthma, take note of when and where you are when your asthma symptoms become worse and how severe they are.  Allergies are also known to trigger asthma. Treating your allergy may also help decrease asthma symptoms. 

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Take care of yourself this winter and keep your asthma under control.

Just as we feel stinging or tears from cold air drying out and irritating our eyes, if you are asthmatic, the cold air may cause a similar reaction in your lungs. This in turn can trigger asthma symptoms.

 

The common cold can also prove troublesome. Research shows that more than 80% of colds suffered by asthmatics are associated with an increase in asthma symptoms.