Tightness in your chest, shortness of breath, wheezing and difficulty speaking. Sound familiar? If so, you may be among the 25 million Americans who suffer from asthma. Asthma attacks can be triggered by a range of things, including airborne irritants and pollutants, anxiety or panic, or even a change in temperature. For this reason, asthma can be an issue during the winter months.
Typically, asthma sufferers have three big challenges every winter:
1. Spending More Time Indoors
2. Cold Air
3. Chimney Smoke
During the winter months it is common to spend more time indoors with the heat cranked up high. While it may be more comfortable indoors, this is also the perfect time for asthma symptoms to flare. Sounds counterintuitive, but indoor allergens like pet dander, mold or even dust from your HVAC unit may cause asthma to flare.
The best way to control your asthma is to know your triggers.
- Next time you have an attack indoors, pay attention to your environment—ask yourself, was there a lot of dust or mold present?
- You can also see an allergist to get an allergy test, this way you know your triggers for sure.
- Try to clean and dust regularly, and wash your sheets and pillows in warm water to minimize dust and other allergens, and keep draperies or decorative pillows to a minimum to prevent dust from collecting.
- Finally, try some tips to give your home a dust and allergen makeover to help you keep your triggers under control.
Have you ever walked outside during the winter and suddenly felt it difficult to breathe or a tightening in your chest? Many are surprised to learn this is caused by the cold air itself. That's right, a sudden change in temperature can cause irritation for anyone, but especially for those with asthma.
If cold temperatures trigger your symptoms, try these tips:
- When its time for a run, head to the gym instead of jogging outdoors
- Keep a quick-relief inhaler with you may help with sudden discomfort
- If you can put your fashion concerns aside, wearing a scarf over your mouth and nose may help ease the transition from inside to out
Along with turning the heat up, it is also common for many to light fires to heat their homes. This can be dangerous for asthma sufferers, as the smoke that enters your home from the fireplaces contains a mixture of gases and fine particles. These fine particles can travel far into your lungs, making it difficult to breathe for those who suffer from respiratory conditions like asthma. So, while a warm, crackling fire can be great for a cold night, it may also aggravate your symptoms.
It is best to try heat your home with another method if you suffer from asthma. If that is not possible, try these tips:
- Make sure your ventilation is working properly so the smoke filters out through your chimney and does not circulate through your home
- If possible, try to stay out of the room while the fire is lit
Add an air purifier to your home. See how an Alen Air Purifier can help remove fireplace smoke from your home.
Alen is Here to Help You Take Control of Your Asthma this Winter
The best solution for controlling your asthma during the winter months is to make sure you have a safe haven from your triggers. We at Alen can't do much about the cold air, but we can give you pure, healthy air to breathe indoors.
With powerful HEPA type filtration, Alen Air Purifiers for Asthma Concerns are built to remove triggers like dust and smoke from your indoor air. Adding an air purifier for asthma concerns to your home will not only give you pure, healthy air to breathe this winter, but also put you at ease knowing your triggers are captured before you can even breathe them.
Check out our top air purifiers for allergies and asthma and see if one fits your needs. Have questions? Call an Alen Air Quality Specialist (800-630-2396) to help you find a solution perfect for your unique needs.
1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Asthma in the US
2. HealthCentral.com, Cold Weather Asthma Triggers
3. WebMD, Winter Asthma