How to prevent an asthma attack

LloydsPharmacy pharmacist Parent Patel offers her advice for managing asthma symptoms, particularly during the winter months.

Carry your inhaler at all times

Inhalers are essential for those with asthma as they help to relieve symptoms and protect the airways to reduce the chances of asthma symptoms appearing. It is particularly important to have easy access to your inhaler in cold weather as it can trigger asthma symptoms.

Pareena advises: “If the winter weather tends to trigger your asthma, make sure you are prepared before the season starts by carrying your reliever inhaler at all times, regularly taking your preventer inhaler as instructed by your doctor, making sure your asthma action plan is up-to-date, and ensuring you attend your regular asthma reviews.”

Invest in a dehumidifier

Dehumidifiers are a great investment for asthma sufferers as they help to remove allergens such as mould, mildew and dust mites from the environment by reducing humidity levels in the air. To prevent mould, maintain a humidity level of 45 and 50 percent.

Pareena comments: “If mould spores released during damp weather are a trigger for your asthma then consider investing in a dehumidifier and ensuring you air any damp rooms in your house, such as the bathroom, regularly.”

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