Advice from Asthma UK on Taking Control of Asthma in Cold Weather
Control of Asthma
Cold air and windy weather, as well as sudden changes in temperature, are all common triggers for people with asthma. As the Meteorological Office warns that the coming winter months may be the coldest in recent years, and temperatures look set to change over the next few days, Asthma UK offers advice to the 5.2 million people in the UK with asthma.
'There are several steps you can take which should help you keep control of your asthma throughout the winter,' says Dorothy Russell, an asthma nurse specialist from the Asthma UK Adviceline. She advises people with asthma to take the following precautions:
- Keep taking your regular medicines as prescribed by your doctor.
- If you know that cold air triggers your asthma, take a couple of puffs of your reliever inhaler before going outside.
- Wrap up well and wear a scarf over your nose and mouth