Even though this post is dedicated to bushfires, the effects for the asthmatic are the same in heavy smogged areas caused by log/coal fires.
That said – let’s get on with the post.
Summer time in Australia and other parts of the world can be particularly problematic for people with asthma if they have a bushfire problem.
This latest post is one that I think is so very important. It doesn’t matter where in the world you are, this can happen – Thunderstorm induced asthma.
As you know, thunderstorms more often than not combine heavy rain, high humidity and strong winds.
Following are more things that you can do to keep you or your asthmatic child healthier this winter. In fact the tips you pick up today, will benefit everyone in your household, not just those suffering this debilitating life threatening disease.
So, let’s get on the same page here and all agree when we suffer from colds, flu and other bugs and Asthma attacks, we feel like poop and have a general lack of energy, motivation and enthusiasm. That said; now let’s look at what we can do with Nutrition to help our immune system stay on top of its game. No. No come on, stop that groaning, I heard you – it is not that hard honestly. Look studies have shown that a good diet, rich in good quality vegetables, fruit, lean protein, low fat diary, whole grains, adequate sleep and a little exercise all helps your immune system stay healthy which in turns promotes faster recovery from illness.
I did have an email from a reader who asked me if he should still take his Asthma medication in winter, even if his Peak Flows were OK and he was feeling fine. I emailed back immediately and will make my reply public.
“Dear ________, many thanks for your email. I am not a medical practitioner, however, I feel you should take all medications even if your Peak Flows are in the correct zone and you are feeling fine. Winter can be a tricky time for asthmatics, with attacks triggered at any time due to the many and varied triggers winter can bring especially the nasty viruses that inevitably get spread from one person to another.
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.