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Fall and Winter Asthma Tips
seasons can create increased difficulties for people with asthma. In the Asthma
Home Visiting Program, we hear a lot of people express concerns with weather
changes, cold/flu season, and the inversion that happens all winter long. If
you feel the same way, you are not alone! Some other common triggers that can
be found during the fall and winter seasons are mold spores (in those gorgeous
leaf piles after they fall or just because of heat and humidity), pollen's, and
indoor triggers from spending more time inside.
best prepare for these difficult fall/winter months, here are some tips that
can help you and your loved ones stay safe during this season.
you are sensitive to molds and pollen's:
- Check pollen counts in the area by searching “pollen count Salt
Lake” on Google
- Stay indoors as much as you can when pollen and mold counts are
- Keep the windows closed and the A/C on when you’re inside or in
than those triggers, there are also common triggers such as cold air, bacteria
and viruses and air pollution that may make you want to stay indoors! It’s
important to avoid those triggers as much as possible, but it’s also important
to make sure you have a plan of action for asthma flare-ups that may occur
despite your best efforts.
Make sure you have an updated
asthma action plan! This is one of the best ways you can prepare for
treating and preventing asthma symptoms. Your asthma action plan should be
filled out with your doctor, so if you don’t currently have one, find a blank
one here and bring it to your next appointment - sooner rather than later!
- Get an annual flu shot!
This will help protect you and your family from viruses that could greatly
affect asthma. People with asthma are much more vulnerable to complications
stemming from the flu, such as pneumonia. Additionally, their illnesses tend to
be longer and more severe than someone without asthma. Especially with
back-to-school season well under way, children are exposed to many germs that
will be brought home with them!
- Although you can’t do
anything to prevent the cold air outdoors this winter, wearing a scarf around your mouth and nose when you breathe will
help warm the air before it goes into your lungs, keeping those airways from
- Check your home environment for triggers. Although we recommend
staying inside when air pollution and cold air cause asthma symptoms, we also
recognize that indoors can also be a problem for people with asthma. Here is a checklist that we provide during the Home
Visiting Program that may help you conduct a home assessment of your own.
Reducing triggers in the home can help reduce the inflammation in the airways,
making asthma attacks less likely!
back-to-school, hereis an additional checklist that goes over some of the ways
that you can help your children stay healthy this fall!
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