Dealing with asthma any time of the year can be a challenge, but surprisingly even more so in the colder months. Cold, dry air, especially mixed with a cold or the flu, can make asthma sufferers feel downright miserable. Here are a few steps you can take to reduce your asthma symptoms this fall.
1. Get your flu shot
One of the biggest concerns for people with asthma during the colder months is catching the flu. While asthma doesn't make you more susceptible to the virus, you could experience harsher symptoms or complications. This is why getting a flu shot is a must. Flu shots can help protect you from the flu virus and any adverse side effects that may come with it.
2. Be smart about yard work
The fall season often comes with plenty of yard work, like raking leaves and picking up sticks. But raking leaves can actually be one of the biggest triggers for asthma sufferers. Mold can easily grow on wet, dead leaves, which means mold spores can easily travel through the air when leaves are moved. To avoid triggering your asthma, consider wearing a dust mask when working outside.
3. Clean filters in your house
Clogged, dirty filters in your HVAC system can re-circulate nasty air contaminants throughout your home. And because people tend to spend more time indoors in the colder months, these contaminants can easily affect those with asthma. So as you start to use your heat, make sure the filters are changed or cleaned as needed. Having clean filters is a simple way to increase the air quality in your home.
While cold symptoms can last from 48 hours to 14 days, asthma symptoms may seem never-ending. So keep these simple tips in mind to ensure you go through the fall season with as few asthma attacks and complications as possible.
If you’re experiencing mild to moderate asthma symptoms, such as wheezing, visit your neighborhood Immediate Clinic. Our medical providers can discuss your asthma triggers with you and determine the best treatment plan to help manage your symptoms. We’re open every day of the week from 8 am to 8 pm. Walk in or schedule an appointment online.