Guarding Against Asthma During Cold Weather

How cold weather can trigger asthma
The winter brings with it additional concerns for those who suffer from asthma. In addition to the threat that cold air itself poses, cooler weather can also tip the scales of an individual's total allergen load, making asthma attacks particularly likely with exposure to cold air. To keep the “allergy bucket” from getting too full, it's important to take precautions against every asthma trigger during the cold winter months.

How Cold Weather Can Trigger Asthma

Cold air affects the respiratory system in several ways that can lead to the onset of asthma symptoms. Firstly, cold air causes mucus to become thicker, which impedes the successful transport of inhaled particles from the lungs. Secondly, when cold air is breathed in through the nose, blood rushes to the nose in order to warm the air; this causes nose tissues to swell and, along with thicker mucus, can lead to nasal congestion. Finally, when cold air makes it to the lungs, they release histamine, which leads to wheezing in asthma sufferers.

Masks Provide Protection Against Cold Air

Cold weather masks are a must-have item for asthmatic individuals during cold winter months. Whether it's a walk between the car and the store or a prolonged period watching a hockey game, masks are indispensible in warming the air before you take it into your body.

breathXChange Full Mask

The BreathXChange Full Mask provides the most comprehensive coverage, and is intended for extended exposure to cold air, such as during hunting, sporting events, or working outside. Though it's a full mask, it is nevertheless lightweight and comfortable, warming and moisturizing the air you breathe through a breath exchange module.



BreathXChange Half MaskThe BreathXChange Half Mask, which features a thermal conversion module, and the BreathXChange Half Mask Light, constructed of lightweight Polartec fleece, also provide exceptional protection against the cold. They are intended for strenuous cold weather activities, such as participation in sporting events and the like.

 

BreathXChange Face ShieldThe BreathXChange Face Shield is ideal for lighter outdoor activities, such as walking and jogging, and the Cold Weather Mask offers ideal protection for short exposure to cold weather - which is enough to induce asthma symptoms.

 

 

Reduce Your Total Allergen Load with Allergy Relief Products

Winter months aren't just hazardous to asthma sufferers because of the cold weather; indoor air is also worse in the winter than during other months, largely because of less air circulation and more time spent indoors. For this reason, it's critical that asthma sufferers guard against the home's most common allergy triggers. Here are some easy steps to take:Dyson Vacuum cleaners

The key to combating asthma symptoms during winter months is two-fold: protect yourself against the cold weather itself, and make sure you take precautions to reduce your total allergen load.


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