How to manage your asthma this winter: British Lung Foundation's top tips
Asthma Having asthma shouldn’t stop you from leading a normal life. With good asthma management, such as knowing what triggers your asthma, and how to cope, this can be achieved.
During winter there are more viruses and colds in the wider community which may make your asthma worse. It’s a good time, therefore, to arrange a routine check with your practice nurse.
Signs that your asthma may not be controlled are:
- your peak flow is dropping
- waking at night
- a cough
- a tight chest
- using your reliever inhaler more than three times a week
- feeling that you can’t keep up with your day to day activities
Any treatment should be adjusted accordingly and there should be a discussion on how to avoid triggers and minimise side effects of your medicines. This should usually all be recorded in a written management plan detailing how to recognise deterioration in control, and what to do in an emergency.
You should also receive advice on:
- how to manage allergies (allergies can make asthma attacks much more severe)
- your annual influenza (flu) vaccine
- smoking cessation
- inhaler technique
If you are concerned about your asthma or have any questions about your lung health this winter, please call the BLF Helpline Monday to Friday 9am-5pm on 03000 030 555. www.blf.org.uk