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Title: Winter Asthama


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Winter Asthma Top Ways to Deal with Asthma in
the Chilly Weather
  • Winters are pretty hard for people with asthma.
    In asthma, the lungs are already more reactive
    and irritable. So any virus that impacts and
    harms the lungs can create more problems that
    bring on an asthma event faster and easier than
    people realise. Many experts say that an asthma
    attack is more likely to happen during the and
    winter months. There are basically two challenges
    for people with asthma in the winter season. One
    is that people spend more time inside and when
    you are indoors, you breathe in asthma triggers
    like dust mites, pet dander, and fires in the
    fireplace. The second challenge is that it is
    cold outside and when you step out of your home,
    you inhale the cold air which could trigger an
    asthma attack. While winter is a bad season for
    those who have asthma, there sure are some ways
    you can try to deal with winter asthma. Here are
    some tips to manage winter asthma.

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Highly Effective Tips to Deal with Winter Asthma
  • 1. Keep Your Hands Clean
  • Wash your hands 4 6 times a day with mild soap
    and hot water to avoid spreading or catching cold
    and other viruses. Use alcohol-based hand
    sanitizer because they are the best. Teach your
    kids the benefits of good hand washing to reduce
    the chances of spreading germs in your house.
  • 2. Identify Your Triggers
  • When you inhale anything that triggers asthma,
    your airways can become tight and clogged with
    mucus. You may then wheeze, cough, and struggle
    to catch your breath. Hence, it is best if you
    talk to your doctor about having a few tests to
    identify what your triggers are. Once you
    identify your triggers, you will be in a better
    position to make some changes that may help you
    eliminate those triggers. This is one of the best
    ways to deal with winter asthma.
  • 3. Get a Shot
  • The Centers for Disease Control Prevention
    recommends that people age 6 months and older get
    a flu shot annually so that they be protected
    against the flu virus. If you have asthma and you
    get the flu, then asthma could get more serious.
    It is essential that those who have asthma get
    the flu vaccine so that they can keep their
    asthma under control.

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  • 4. Avoid Sitting by the Fireplace
  • During the winter season, we all love to sit by
    the fireplace. But doing so is not good for your
    asthma. Your lungs can be irritated by smoke,
    especially when you have asthma. So do not sit by
    the fireplace if you want to deal with winter
    asthma effectively.
  • 5. Breathe Through Your Nose
  • This seems so obvious and simple, isnt it? But
    this advice has a logic behind it. Breathing
    through your nose can prevent you from beginning
    to wheeze. It also prevents shortness or breath
    or the feeling of tightening in the chest. When
    you breathe through the nose, the air warms
    before it enters your lungs. So it is best if you
    breathe through your nose, instead of your mouth
    to prevent asthma attacks.
  • 6. Exercise inside your Home
  • If it is chilly and cold outside, then you should
    exercise indoors instead of exercising outside in
    a park. If you want to exercise in the fresh air,
    then you must choose a time of day when it is
    warmer, such as afternoon.
  • 7. Replace Filters
  • The heating system at your home may blow debris
    and dust throughout the house, especially when
    you first start using it up for the winter
    season. It is highly essential to clean and
    replace filters before you turn on your system so
    that the filters do not release debris and cause
    you to have an asthma attack. Check and clean the
    filters frequently throughout the heating
    session. Also, you must keep the temperature and
    humidity levels in your home consistent.
  • 8. Warm up Before Exercising
  • Some studies show that those who have asthma
    recover faster and have better lung function
    after exercising if they warm up before working
    out. Warmup up before working out is important
    for those who have asthma, especially in winter.

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  • 9. Take your Medications on Time
  • Talk t your doctor regularly to create a great
    treatment plant, and continue to get regular
    checkups. Do not ignore your health at any cost
    because of your work or personal life. If you
    experience your asthma symptoms getting worse in
    the winter season, consult your doctors about
    changing the medications you take. Also, do not
    take over-the-counter medications. Talk to your
    doctor about medications first.
  • 10. Eat Warm Foods
  • Cold and flu also trigger asthma attacks. It is
    important to eat warm foods during the winter
    season to boost immunity and prevent cold and
    cough. Some of the warm foods you can add to your
    diet are onions, ginger, turmeric, almonds, hot
    peppers, and so on.
  • Best Home Remedies for Winter Asthma
  • 1.Turmeric What You Will Need ¼ teaspoon
    turmeric powder 1 glass of water
  • What You Need To Do Take a glass of water and mix
    ¼ teaspoon of turmeric powder in it. Stir well
    and drink this. Do this two times a day.
  • How Does this Help? The curcumin present in
    turmeric helps to treat asthma. Turmeric also has
    powerful anti-inflammatory properties that help
    in alleviates the inflammation of the airways.
    Turmeric is also an antimicrobial agent that
    helps to treat winter asthma.

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  • 2. Ginger What You Will Need 1 teaspoon grated
    ginger ½ teaspoon of honey 1 cup of hot water
  • What You Need To Do Take a teaspoon of grated
    ginger and add it to the hot water. Allow it to
    steep for about five to seven minutes. Now strain
    the water, mix ½ teaspoon of honey and drink this
    herbal tea while it is warm.
  • How Does This Help Ginger has anti-inflammatory
    properties that help in keeping the respiratory
    tract healthy. It also helps in relaxing the
    airway muscles and also regulates calcium uptake,
    which relieves the constriction and helps provide
    relief from asthma.
  • 3. Onions What You Will Need A raw onion
  • What You Need To Do Take a raw onion and chop it
    properly. Add this to your salad.
  • How Does This Work The anti-inflammatory
    properties of onions help in clearing the
    airways, which in turn prevent asthma. This
    vegetable that makes people cry is a boon to
    asthmatics. Add onions to your diet to manage
    winter asthma.
  • 4. Eucalyptus Essential Oil What You Will Need
    Eucalyptus oil A towel
  • What You Need To Do Put four six drops of
    eucalyptus essential oil on a clean towel and
    keep it beside you when you sleep. Put it in a
    way that you can breathe in the aroma.
  • How Does This Work Eucalyptus oil contains
    eucalyptus that helps break down mucus and
    provide relief from asthma symptoms. This is one
    of the best remedies to manage winter asthma.
  • 5. Tea Tree Oil for Winter Asthma What You Will
    Need Tea tree oil Face cloth Warm water
  • What You Need To Do Dip a clean face cloth in the
    warm water completely. Wring out the excess water
    and pour the tea tree oil on the damp cloth.
    Inhale the vapours until the face cloth returns
    to room temperature. Do this few times a day to
    get relief from asthma symptoms.
  • How Does This Help Tea tree oil has decongestant
    and expectorant properties that help to provide
    relief from wheezing and coughing. These
    properties also play a pivotal role in
    eliminating the excess mucus. The antimicrobial
    and anti-inflammatory properties help to reduce
    the inflammation in the airways and also treat
    infections that are present in the respiratory
    system.

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  • 6. Honey What You Will Need 2 teaspoons of
    honey ½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder A glass
    of warm water
  • What You Need To Do Mix two teaspoons of honey
    and ½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder in a glass of
    warm water. Drink this two times a day. Make sure
    to drink it before you go to bed.
  • How Does This Work There are many health benefits
    of honey, which is why it is one of the oldest
    remedies for a host of diseases. Honey contains a
    lot of powerful minerals and vitamins that help
    to provide relief from the symptoms of asthma. It
    also helps to remove phlegm from your throat and
    improve the quality of your sleep.
  • 7. Coffee What You Will Need A cup of hot
    coffee
  • What You Need To Do Simply brew a steaming cup of
    coffee and drink it. Drink hot coffee to get
    relief from asthma.
  • How Does This Work Drinking one to two cups of
    hot coffee a day is one of the best and easiest
    ways to deal with winter asthma because it
    immediately eases up your airways and helps you
    breathe properly. It is one of the quickest
    antidotes for asthma.
  • 8. Oregano Oil What You Will Need Oregano oil
    Essential Oil Diffuser
  • What You Need To Do Put a few drops of oregano
    essential oil in the diffuser and inhale the
    vapours. Allow the diffuser to use up all the
    oil. Use this remedy daily to prevent an asthma
    attack.
  • How Does This Help Oregano oil cleanses the air
    passages and the lungs. It also helps to thin the
    muscles and eliminates bacteria and viruses that
    cause infections.
  • 9. Garlic for Asthma What You Will Need 10 12
    garlic cloves Milk
  • What You Need To Do Take ten to twelve cloves of
    garlic and boil them in milk. Drink this
    concoction once a day to get relief from asthma
    symptoms.
  • How Does This Help Garlic is without any doubt
    one of the best remedies to get quick relief from
    asthma symptoms. It also helps to clear the
    congestion in your lungs and reduces the
    inflammation of the airways.

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  • 10. Lavender Oil What You Will Need Five to six
    drops of lavender oil A bowl of hot water
  • What You Need To Do Add 4 6 drops of lavender
    essential oil to the hot water and then inhale
    the steam for eight to ten minutes. Do this once
    every day.
  • How Does This Work Lavender oil controls mucus
    production, soothes the air passages and boost
    the bodys immunity. All this helps in providing
    relief from asthma symptoms and preventing an
    asthma attack.
  • 11. Kalonji Oil (Black Seed Oil) What You Will
    Need ½ teaspoon kalonji oil 1 teaspoon of
    honey A cup of warm water
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  • What You Need To Do Take ½ teaspoon of kalonji
    oil and mix it a cup of warm water. Now add a
    teaspoon of honey and drink this two times a day,
    once before breakfast and then after dinner.
  • How Does This Work Black seed oil, also known as
    kalonji oil offers a lot of health benefits.
    Kalonji also has powerful anti-inflammatory
    properties that help to treat asthma. It can also
    be used for the treatment of bronchitis.
  • 12. Vitamins for Asthma Treatment What You Will
    Need Vitamin C foods Vitamin D foods
  • What You Need To Do Eat a healthy diet rich in
    vitamin C and vitamin D. You can also take
    vitamin C and vitamin D supplements every day.
    Also, get some sunshine to increase vitamin D
    levels in your body. But do not take supplements
    before consulting a doctor.
  • How Does This Work Vitamin D has
    anti-inflammatory properties that help treat
    asthma. Vitamin D also enhances the bodys innate
    antimicrobial response. Vitamin C helps to boost
    immunity which helps keep cold and flu at bay.
    Cold and flu may trigger an asthma attack. Hence,
    it is best if we eat vitamin C rich foods to
    strengthen our immunity and stay healthy during
    the winter season.

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  • Foods that Trigger Asthma
  • There are many foods that are allergens and can
    trigger an asthma attack. The common foods that
    trigger an asthma attack are Peanuts Fish,
    and shellfish Eggs Soy and its products
    Milk Wheat Gluten
  • Food additives like MSG (Monosodium glutamate)
    can also trigger asthma.
  • Diet Plan for Asthma
  • It is pivotal to follow a healthy diet to keep
    asthma at bay. Food rich in vitamins, minerals,
    and antioxidants keeps the respiratory system
    healthy.
  • Some of the best healthy foods for people with
    asthma are Fruits Kiwi, pineapples, berries,
    cantaloupes, bananas, and apples. Vegetables
    Garlic, sweet potatoes, ginger, kale, tomatoes,
    sweet potatoes Juices Drink fresh vegetable
    and fruit juices. Stay away from junk food and
    fried fatty food because they can also trigger an
    asthma attack.
  • What are the Causes of Asthma? Now that we have
    understood the remedies to deal with winter
    asthma. Let us now understand the causes and
    symptoms of asthma.

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  • What Causes Asthma?
  • Its not yet clear why some people get asthma,
    and others dont, but it is probably due to a
    combination of genetic and environments
    factors. Some of the asthma triggers are
    Airborne substances, such as mould spores, pet
    dander, pollen, dust mites or particles of
    cockroach waste. Physical activity Cold air
    Air pollutants Certain medications
    Respiratory infections, such as cold and flu
    Stress Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
    Preservatives added to certain types of foods and
    beverages, including dried fruit, beer, and wine.
  • What are the Signs symptoms of Asthma?
  • The symptoms of asthma may vary from person to
    person. Some of the common signs and symptoms of
    asthma include Shortness of breath Chest
    pain or chest tightness Trouble sleeping
    Shortness of breath Coughing or wheezing A
    wheezing sound when exhaling Wheezing attacks
    that get worse due to cold and flu

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  • Risk Factors for Asthma
  • There are a vast range of factors that can
    increase your chances of getting asthma. These
    risk factors include Having an allergic
    condition Being obese or overweight Being a
    smoker Exposure to exhaust fumes Exposure to
    other types of pollution Too much exposure to
    occupational triggers, such as chemicals used in
    hairdressing, manufacturing and farming.
  • Types of Asthma
  • The different types of asthma are listed below
  • 1.Allergic Asthma The allergens present in the
    environment can cause allergic rhinitis. When
    this leads to asthma, it becomes allergic asthma.
  • 2. Cough-variant Asthma Cough is the main
    symptom of asthma, and this type of asthma is
    generally triggered by respiratory infections.
  • 3. Exercise-Induces Asthma Physical exertion
    can also lead to asthma, and this is called
    exercise0induced asthma. In this type of asthma,
    the airways start to constrict between 5 to 20
    minutes of starting the exercise.
  • 4. Occupational Asthma When your asthma gets
    triggered only in your work surroundings, it is
    known as occupational asthma. Farmers,
    hairdressers, animal breeders, and woodworkers
    are some of the common professionals who have
    this type of asthma.
  • 5. Nocturnal Asthma The symptoms of this type
    of asthma are aggravated during the night and can
    be dangerous.

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  • Exercises to Control Asthma
  • Do not stop exercising if you have asthma. Doing
    yoga, going for a walk, and engaging in some
    physical activity will help you prevent asthma
    attacks. Cardio workouts like cycling, walking,
    and jogging also helps to keep asthma attacks at
    bay by keeping your body fluids flowing and
    preventing excess mucus build-up in the
    airways. Do the following exercises to manage
    winter asthma
  • 1.Simple Breathing Exercise This is also known as
    diaphragmatic breathing. To do this simple
    breathing exercise, you need to sit with your
    back straight and breathe in and out slowly. Make
    sure that your stomach goes out during
    inhalation, not your chest, and while exhaling,
    your stomach should go in. Do this exercise daily
    to deal with asthma effectively.
  • 2. Pursed Lip Breathing Sit in the simple
    breathing position, and exhale through pursed
    lips as if you are blowing a whistle. Exhaling
    should be twice as long as inhaling.
  • 3. Buteyko Breathing Sit straight in an upright
    position and keep your chest and belly relaxed.
    Take a deep, long breath and then you need to
    exhale slowly. You need to hold your breath for
    as long as possible. Then, you have to continue
    breathing gently.

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