Seasonal Asthma, Asthma Winter, Best Asthma Info, Part 1
One thing that my daughter hates is the onset of winter due to the varying temperatures, plus the smog that appears in many areas due to people having log fires and the inevitable viruses that people catch. These people invariably spread their germs due to bad management of their symptoms plus many people seem to have an inability to cough and sneeze into tissues and then dispose of them correctly and then disinfect their hands.
Does this Sound familiar??
Harsh words you may say, sorry if you think that, but we have to “Call a spade a spade”!
It is an indisputable fact that as winter arrives so do the cold and flu and with this the number of people dropping like flies due to catching the virus. For Asthma sufferers and those with suppressed immune systems or any chronic condition it can spell disaster.
For the Asthma sufferer even a simple cold virus can trigger a major asthma event let alone catching the ‘flu. Hospitals report that in autumn (fall) and winter the number of hospital admissions or those seeking help in the emergency departments increase dramatically.
So what PREVENTATIVE measures can be done to try and lessen the impact on the asthmatic.
However, before we go on, let’s just remind ourselves of one thing the lungs of the asthmatic are already irritable and react to the slightest thing. So if any virus or allergens irritate the lungs, it can bring on an asthma attack faster than most people realise.
So enough said, lets now look at some very simple measures that can help.
Once summer is over and we go into what is a gorgeous season Autumn (Fall) make an appointment with your Doctor and have the latest Flu jab and discuss your asthma management plan, discuss any problems you came across following the plan your Doctor had you on or any other problems you may have encountered.
Make sure you have enough prescriptions for both lots of your inhalers. It is VITAL that you follow to the letter you asthma plan during the winter season.
My daughters Asthma Management Plan to this day, has a list of triggers that she MUST avoid, plus a list of specific symptoms that she and those close to her need to be very watchful about, including coughing, wheezing and even the slightest shortness of breath.
She always has her medications with her; HOWEVER, also has a spare set in the glove box of her car, at work and in her husband’s car. There is no such thing as being “over cautious” when a condition you have can turn life threatening with a few seconds.
Can you spot something we haven’t mentioned yet? I am going to mention it, but I just wonder if you could spot it – Yes – Peak Flow Meters!
Your Peak Flow Meter should be used daily and if you are feeling a little tired or unwell without any other symptoms, used more than once a day as it can help you avoid a potential crisis if your peak flow drops by taking more medication (as advised by your Doctor and should be written in your plan for such events).
Just as a reminder of the zones in your Peak Flow Meter and what they mean
(Note: Taken from the American Lung Association’s Recommendations)
- Green Zone: Peak flow reading of 80%-100% of your usual “personal best” peak flow reading. The green zone indicates good asthma control.
- Yellow Zone: Peak flow reading of 50%-80% of your usual peak flow reading. This indicates that your asthma control is not optimal. You may or may not notice symptoms such as cough or wheezing. Your asthma needs to be addressed according to the asthma action plan set up by you and your doctor.
- Red Zone: Peak flow reading of less than 50% of your usual reading. This indicates poor asthma control needing rescue medications. Make sure to follow your asthma plan regarding use of rescue drugs and seeking medical attention
It is advisable that during the winter season, you try as hard as possible to stay in the green zone, and if you start to drop into the yellow, you are guided by your Asthma Management Plan plus contact and even visit your Doctor is you start to drop into the yellow zone.
So ~ That is part 1 – Part 2 will cover other “little” tips which have a dramatic effect on you staying healthy and saying “Wheeze,wheeze go away – I will not let you into my life another day!” ~
Oh by the way, my daughter and in fact our whole family, use these little tips to remain healthy during this season so come back for part 2!
Until Next time,
I wish you and yours the best of Health!
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P.S. My Daughter also used air purifier in her home, especially in her bedroom.