Did you know…? An estimated 300 million people currently suffer from asthma worldwide.
Asthma is an inflammatory disease of the small airways of the lungs. It is characterised by a narrowing of the airway, resulting in symptoms of wheezing and shortness of breath.
In winter time, colds and flu can hit your health pretty hard if you have asthma. In fact, the common cold is the culprit behind around 4 out of 5 bad asthma attacks! During the winter time, it’s crucial to make sure your lungs are in the best possible shape.
1. Follow your asthma action plan
Have a written action plan with instructions on how you manage your asthma during winter. This helps you recognise worsening asthma symptoms and tells you what to do in response. Acting quickly can be the difference between a mild flare-up developing into a serious attack.
2. Use your medications wisely
Advise your doctor if you have been using your asthma puffer more than 2 times a week, or if you are having asthma symptoms at night. These are important signs that your lungs may not be in the best condition for winter colds and flu.
3. Take extra care if you are over 65
Colds and flu can hit extra hard in seniors with asthma. Don’t ignore symptoms or procrastinate seeking help. Ask your doctor about vaccination for influenza and/or pneumonia. Ask your pharmacist or practice nurse to check you are using your puffer/inhaler correctly.
4. Take preventative action
Prevention is key to avoiding a nasty cold or flu which can trigger an attack. Get in tune with your body: if cold air triggers your asthma, make a note of always keeping your body temperature warm. Control germs by washing your hands frequently, and avoid contact with anyone who is sick. Ask your doctor about having the flu vaccination as another option.
5. Reduce the inflammation
To help reduce inflammation and relieve the symptoms of the chronic inflammation associated with asthma, it is important to supplement with the essential fatty acids found in oils rich in Omega 3, 6 and 9.
Emu oil is rich in these essential fatty acids, and numerous studies have also shown the oil has strong anti-inflammatory properties. If you have already taken the necessary measures to protect your health and ensure you minimise your asthma flare-ups, try incorporating emu oil into your daily diet and see if it helps your asthma symptoms!
Additional benefits of emu oil:
– It’s safe for long-term use
– It can be applied topically to help relieve symptoms of eczema, psoriasis, minor burns and abrasions
– It helps to support cardiovascular health
– It promotes general wellbeing