Share a #Scarfie and Boost Asthma Awareness
As we enter the beginning of February, the temperatures are now starting to plummet and it is very noticeably colder outside. Hopefully you are all wrapped up warm though when braving to venture out into the outdoors. We say this because a sudden change in weather, and especially cold air, can actually trigger an asthma attack. If so you're not the only one. Every 10 seconds somebody in the UK somebody has a potentially deadly asthma attack and in a recent survey, 75% of participants highlighted cold air as one of the factors behind their asthma symptoms. Damp weather, thunderstorms, hot weather and a sudden change in temperatures may also induce symptoms for those with asthma. Particularly during the winter months when the temperatures are at their lowest, Asthma UK have offered important advice on ways to keep your symptoms in check whilst it is cold outside:
- Carry your reliever inhaler with you at all times and keep taking your regular preventer inhaler as prescribed by your doctor.
- If you need to use your inhaler more often than usual, speak to your doctor about reviewing your medication.
- Keep warm and dry – wear gloves, a scarf and a hat, and carry an umbrella.
- Wrap a scarf loosely over your nose and mouth – this will help to warm up the air before you breathe it in.
- Try breathing in through your nose instead of your mouth as your nose warms the air as you breathe in.