Cold weather often comes with more than its fair share of health issues 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 bring on symptoms such as wheezing or coughing.
Here’s our top tips on how to manage your condition this winter.
Five Tips to Manage Asthma in Winter
- Take your medicine as prescribed and carry your reliever inhaler with you at all times – your preventer inhaler helps to build up protecting in your airways overtime so your lungs become less sensitive to your triggers, like cold air. Your reliever inhaler (usually blue) should be used as soon as you notice any symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and tightness in your chest.
- Stay warm and wear a scarf around your nose and mouth – cold air can be a trigger, so wrapping a scarf loosely around your nose and mouth will help to warm up the air before you breathe it in.
- Breathe through your nose – breathing through your nose also helps to warm up the air before it gets to your lungs, which is another way to potentially stop cold air triggering your asthma in winter.
- Try to avoid your triggers – Open fires, scented candles and dusty decorations are common winter triggers, alongside cold weather, for those with asthma or COPD.
- Don’t forget – if you’re living with asthma you are entitled to a FREE NHS flu jab. Get yours today at your local LloydsPharmacy.
If you’re not sure if you’re managing your condition as well as you should be, take our quick and easy online Asthma Control Test.
For More Support
If you need more advice on managing your asthma this winter, come in store and speak to a member of our healthcare team. Find your nearest store here.