Did you know that a change in the weather can make your asthma worse?
There are lots of reasons why your asthma may feel worse than normal, for example you may have a chest infection, an allergic reaction, or you might feel stressed, but weather conditions can make your coughing, wheezing or breathing more difficult.
You may have noticed a change in your asthma this winter. It may be because this is the wettest winter on record.
Weather conditions that affect asthma include:
- Cold air
- Windy weather
- Changes in temperature
- Humid conditions
Tips for controlling your asthma in winter:
- Wear a scarf when you go outside in the cold, and wrap your scarf around you so that it protects your nose and mouth from cold air.
- Make sure you have a good supply of your asthma medicines, and keep your blue inhaler with you.
- Continue to take your medicine as normal. Do not stop taking your preventative medicine.
Remember, it is important to visit your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you are worried about your asthma. If you struggle to communicate with your doctor, ask your surgery to use our InterpreterNow service.
For more information about asthma, visit NHS Choices.
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