Asthma is Not Just a Seasonal Disease
Although asthma is a year round disease, it seem to be said that asthma is largely a summer disease since polllen is one of major triggering factor. As high pollen counts from grasses and other plants make exposure very common, parents do need to gear up for this particular season. In the winter, not only cold air trigger asthma attacks, colds and flu which are very common during this season can also be hurtful to asthma sufferers. So if you or someone you love has asthma, take special precautions to protect against an asthma attack.
There are more than 200 different strains of cold and flu viruses for you to be aware of and take precaution. These are called rhinoviruses. Health professionals estimated that approximately 80% of children who have to be taken to a hospital for treatment of asthma have one of these rhinoviruses (any of a group of picornaviruses, including those that cause some forms of the common cold). In addition, there are also three types of viruses that is flu virus, viral infections, and parainfluenza to be concerned about.
Although you may not be able to prevent asthma attacks in the winter entirely, you can certainly avoid the occurrence and lessen the severity of the ones that do occur.
Firstly, minimize your risk of catching a cold or flu. If you have asthma, this will help your symptoms. It is important to know that if you are a non-asthmatic patient and do fall sick, stay away from friends and loved ones who have asthma so that they don’t catch your cold or flu. Likewise, if you don’t asthma and don’t have a cold or flu, you won’t be a carrier of the illness to someone who have asthma.
Secondly, watch the news and see what it says about possible epidemics in your area. If there is a cold or flu epidemic in your area, stay away from large crowds as much as possible. And make sure to get your flu shot which will help you from getting the flu. Although it does not cover every type of flu virus, it covers the most common for the season and will greatly reduce your chances of getting sick. In regard to children, make sure they are also aware of these common flu. Many, if not most asthmatic children are very responsible when it comes to the treatment of how to control their illness, otherwise if they do not, they must then suffer the effects of more attacks which are very uncomfortable and terrifying.
Thirdly, in addition to minimizing your risk of exposure to cold or the flu, wash your hands regularly and make sure everyone around you does too. As stated above, it is wise to ask anyone who is sick with a cold or the flu not to visit you because they are contagious. This will help prevent, if you or your child have asthma from catching the cold or flu. It should also be noted that if more than one person has asthma in your household, they should not share inhalers. Sharing inhalers is one good way of passing on a cold or flu virus.
Finally it should also be noted that since children do not quite have the immunities that adults do, they are prone to fall sick more often than adults. Young children especially in the primary grade is very common to be sick almost constantly. However, for healthy children it is normal and this is simply a way for them to build up their immunities but for children with asthma, this can be problematic.
During this winter season, keeping children with asthma as healthy as possible with proper medical intervention and treatment, can make asthma a less annoyance instead of a major problem. Children can still enjoy with their daily activities in addition to a little good sense of knowledge and good hygiene.