Wheezing and Winter Asthma

Wheezing and Winter Asthma

January 17, 2024

Image shows the sun shining through the outline of a tree and winter airWinter can be a tough time for those who have asthma; a chronic condition that causes swelling and inflammation of the airways in the lungs making it more difficult to breathe. While many allergens such as pollen and ragweed levels decrease during the colder months the cold air itself can serve as a trigger or irritant to the lungs. 

Cold, dry air and being inside more often with forced heat dries out our nasal passages and irritates the lungs causing asthma to become worse. According to the Allergy & Asthma Network the more severe your asthma is the more that cold air will affect you.  

Common symptoms of cold weather asthma include coughing (wet or dry), wheezing, shortness of breath and a tight feeling in the chest.  The combination of cold, windy and wet weather in addition to the colds, flu and COVID-19 circulating at this time of year make it harder on asthma sufferers.  

There are ways to help protect yourself from winter weather induced asthma flares.  

  • Wearing a scarf to protect your mouth and keep warm air in.  
  • Having a rescue inhaler like Albuterol on hand at all times in case your asthma gets worse. 
  • Staying inside more often if possible. 
  • Speak with your doctor to say if your asthma symptoms are not being well controlled or getting worse. 

Other tips for staying healthy during the winter with asthma are keeping your prescription current and refilled; having a asthma action plan; keeping track of your symptoms if they change or worsen; replace and or change your furnace filters regularly, monitor the weather, keep current on vaccinations and consider buying an air purifier if your budget allows. 

|2024-02-20T16:42:28-05:00January 17th, 2024|CINH - Indiana Joint Asthma Coalition Resources, CINH The Connection resources|Comments Off on Wheezing and Winter Asthma

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