It is starting to feel like the most wonderful time of the year, winter. For those suffering with asthma, the cold weather can exacerbate your symptoms and can even cause asthma attacks.

How Does Cold Weather Affect My Asthma?

The cold weather can affect your asthma in many ways. Your airways are lined with a thin layer of fluid. When you breathe in cold dry air the fluid begins to evaporate faster than it can be replaced. This dries out the airways which then become irritated and swollen. Cold air can also irritate your airways and cause muscle spasms. These symptoms can cause asthma symptoms. Cold air also produces histamine. This is the chemical your body makes during an allergy attack. Histamine triggers wheezing and other asthma symptoms. Cold weather is also associated with the flu season. Flu viruses are common during the winter season and they can lead to more attacks or symptoms. Therefore it is extremely important to receive the flu shot if you are asthmatic.

How Do I Stay Healthy During Cold Weather?

There are tips you can follow to remain your best healthy self during the cold weather. Limit your exercise outside: exercising outside can cause some asthma flareups during the winter. It is also very important more now than ever to get the flu vaccine and to wash your hands frequently. It is helpful to seek advice from an allergist. An allergist can help you find the right treatment plan built for handling your asthma.

Do not let the cold weather get the best of you. Here at National Allergy & ENT, our providers have the experience to assist you with all your allergy, asthma, immunology, and otolaryngology (ENT) needs. To schedule an appointment please call (843) 797-8162 or schedule an appointment online.

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