Seasonal changes can drastically affect one’s health. The onset of winter, in particular, can be particularly harsh and challenging for those with chronic lung diseases such as COPD, Asthma, and a variety of other lung and respiratory problems that cause breathing difficulties. Without necessary precautions, the situation will only worsen, progressing from bad to worse.
In this post, we’ll look at why Winter is so difficult for persons with Breathing problems, as well as the precautions that should be taken.
Breathing Issues in the Winter Precautions and Preventive Measures:
1. Cover your mouth and nose with a warm scarf before stepping out
Well, it goes without saying that you need to cover your mouth and scarf mainly as the chilly dry air when it enters your body can make it hard for you to breathe, especially if it enters through your mouth. This cold air, when it enters into the airways, causes wheezing, coughing, and difficulty breathing.
As for the nose, it has the mechanism to warm and moisturize the cold air as it passes through the throat and into the airway.
2. Wash hands often and properly
By now, you might already be aware of the importance of washing hands regularly. Washing hands is always important in maintaining proper health, not just to stay safe from COVID-19 but also to prevent contracting other viral and bacterial diseases which in turn causes respiratory issues.
3. Get a medication regime from your doctor
If you have a pre-existing health condition like asthma or any chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, we recommend you consult your doctor even before the winter seasons kick in.
Your doctor will provide you appropriate medication for you to follow throughout the season which will ensure you have a pleasant and smooth experience.
4. Eat right
Eating right, especially during the winters can do wonders to your body, both in keeping it warm and also to ensure you have maximum health to fight the diseases causing germs.
If you are unsure of what exactly to eat during the winter season, you may check this blog article to know about it.
5. Use nasal sprays
More often than not, you may face a nasal block during the winter season. This is due to mucus formation. In order to ease this obstruction, you may use a drug-free nasal saline spray. It lubricates your airways and clears the mucus, allowing you to breathe easily.
While people may feel that it can be addictive, saline nasal sprays are not. You may also check with your health provider before choosing a particular nasal spray.
6. Stay in
While this might be an obvious thing to do when you know you are more prone to catching a respiratory issue due to the cold weather, most people do exactly the opposite.
People with respiratory issues must spend their time indoors as much as possible. Even if it is for health purposes like working out, find an alternative like working out in a gym instead of running outside.
Even if you must go out, take the necessary care to cover yourself properly before stepping out.
7. Do not smoke
Smoking while having a respiratory issue will ruin your health no matter what season it is. This applies to passive smokers as well.
8. Use a vaporizer
If you do not want to use a nasal spray, you can use a vaporizer as an alternative to ease your breathing issues. You can purchase a vaporizer from your nearest pharmacy.
9. Get a flu shot
Based on your condition, your health provider may suggest you get a flu shot. Getting a flu shot helps protect your body from various viruses that cause common diseases during the winter season. This also brings us to the last tip.
10. Consult a doctor
When you are unsure of what to do or if you feel that your breathing issue is worsening, it is always wise to consult a doctor.