Cold weather often comes with more than its fair share of health problems including colds, flu and sore throats. If you are one of the 5.4 million people in the UK who have asthma, cold air can cause symptoms such as wheezing or coughing. According to Asthma UK, for some people with asthma, winter weather can even be life threatening.
December and January have been deemed the most dangerous months of the year if you have asthma, says the charity. Official UK figures from the last 10 years show more people die of asthma attacks in January, closely followed by December, than other months.
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To help you keep your symptoms under control at this time of year, Asthma UK has come up with a winter asthma survival guide, with advice on how you can manage your asthma during the winter months.
Looking for some expert advice?
Why not pop in to your local LloydsPharmacy and ask about our FREE Respiratory Support Service. We can help you understand how best to take your medication, offer advice and tips on managing your symptoms and your inhaler technique.
Check your technique online
If you’re not sure if you’re managing your asthma as well as you should be, take our quick and easy online Asthma Control Test.