Don’t let seasonal asthma ruin the wonderful burst of life that happens with the change of seasons. When spring and fall arrives, flowers and leaves change colors, the cycle of life continues. For those who suffer with asthma, this chronic condition can be painful.
The fall and winter months bring both cold weather and respiratory infections like colds and the flu. These infections are an important asthma trigger. Asthma symptoms are often more severe with a respiratory infection than at other times. The following steps may help reduce the chances of triggering an asthma attack:
-Covering your nose and mouth during cold weather
-Exercising indoors on cold days
-Getting a flu shot
-Practicing good hygiene and avoiding close contact with sick people
Some people with asthma may not realize they have a chronic condition, or they may be diagnosed with another condition such as bronchitis. Bronchitis and asthma often have similar symptoms. Between a third and two thirds of people who have been diagnosed with bronchitis may actually have asthma.
Seasonal allergies can also make your asthma worse and trigger asthma attacks. If you think seasonal or other allergies may be affecting your seasonal or other type of asthma, talk to your physician.