Asthma Precautions During Monsoon
What a bliss it is to have drizzles pour down from the sky and beat down the scorching summer heat. The cool breeze that come with the pleasant weather brought about by monsoon is a huge relief to one and all. And yet, this does not seem to be the case for everyone as the sudden fall in temperature and humidity brought about by monsoon causes discomfort to patients with asthma and other respiratory conditions. In particular, senior citizens who are asthmatic are more likely to bear the brunt of monsoon.
Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition that creates problems in the airways carrying air to the lungs. The secretion of extra mucus in the airways leads to breathing difficulty. Seasonal changes like monsoon puts people suffering from allergic asthma at a greater risk with increase in fungus and pollens in the environment which trigger asthmatic attacks.
Moreover, with the COVID-19 pandemic in attendance, the change in weather can have adverse effects on asthmatic patients who are already vulnerable to the virus. However, it is manageable if one takes all necessary precautions and measures for the prevention of respiratory infections. To guide you on the same, below are listed several precautions and measures which you can follow to be not only safe and healthy but also be able to experience the joy of monsoon.
Prevent dampness in walls
Constant rainfall during monsoon is likely to cause dampness in walls. The moisture in the dampened walls is bad news for your health as it can trigger asthma-related symptoms and other respiratory issues.
In order to avoid getting moulds and moistures in walls, it is best to get damp-proof work done in the house. You could also get rid of the moulds by using bleaching powder with water. A good dehumidifier or air conditioner to control and reduce the moisture circulation in the atmosphere is highly recommended.
Shut your doors and windows
In order to control the moisture circulation in your house, keep all the doors and windows shut. In particular, the doors and windows of your kitchen and bathroom need to be closed as these are the areas which involve heavy water usage. In case of modern kitchens with open setting, try to keep the kitchen area as dry as possible. Also ensure that there is proper cross-ventilation and sun exposure to keep away unnecessary moisture. You can also opt to use blinders and window shades instead of curtains to prevent dust from invading your house.
Keep away from indoor plants for the time being
Our pulmonologists at Yashoda Hospital & Research Centre advice that since monsoon increases the pollen present in the atmosphere, this may further aggravate asthma conditions and other respiratory problems. Hence, it is best to keep away from indoor plants for some time. Even if you love your plants, you must avoid placing them indoors for the time being, particularly the ones in your bedroom. It is also wise to keep yourself indoors in the mornings as to avoid the peak hours of pollen presence in the air.
Don’t leave home without wearing dustproof mask
Avoid going out as much as possible or leave only when it is necessary but with a mask.
The presence of toxins and pollutants released in the air by vehicles persist for a long time because of the humidity caused by rain which could trigger and/or worsen your asthmatic condition. Thus, wearing dustproof mask is a must before stepping out of home.
Restrict the movement of your pet
If you are a pet lover or have furry animals in your house, this one is for you. Being monsoon, your furry animals tend to remain indoors; hence, their chances of shedding the fur on the floors will be much more than usual. This can be a source of discomfort for asthmatic patients, including children. Apart from the dander, pets’ urine can also can trigger asthma symptoms. In line with this, it becomes important to restrict the movement of your furry pet to a particular area in the house.
Build your immune system
What you eat makes you. In order to keep infections away, follow a proper diet to build your immune system. Consuming healthy diet will help improve your overall health.
Knowing the triggers, risk factors and precautionary measures for asthmatic conditions mentioned above can help you engage in preventive efforts and minimise the adverse effects of asthma. In addition, it is critical that you don’t skip your asthma medications and take them as prescribed to you by your doctors. You are also advised to keep yourself warm in order to avoid catching a cold or flu as even a mild cold can lead to wheezing and tightness in your chest which can trigger asthma attacks. It is no news that keeping a healthy lifestyle and exercising daily is good for maintaining your overall health. So, follow a healthy lifestyle and keep yourself safe and healthy.
For more detailed information about asthma, visit us at Yashoda Hospital & Research Centre, Nehru Nagar, Ghaziabad to get the best first-hand advice from our expert pulmonologist and Covid-expert, Dr. Neerav Tyagi and Dr. Brijesh Prajapat. In case you notice anything unusual or experience any asthmatic symptoms or breathing-related issues, consult us immediately.