Holiday season is full of joy and cheer. However, for those with asthma, it can be a set of triggers and pose more of a problem than a joy. If you want to avoid the attacks during holiday season, there are some precaution measures you can take and go through this period of the years without any trouble.
Why are asthma attacks more common during holiday season?
You stick to the plan and take your medications regularly. You make sure to clean your home regularly and minimize the triggers that cause your asthma attacks. Still, during holiday season, they happen more often. How is this possible?
During winter holidays, there are not only the regular asthma triggers you know about. The risk increases because some other triggers join the group and they are the ones that may cause your attacks. First of all, the difference in indoor and outdoor temperature is significant, much higher than during other seasons. This is one of the risk factors that increase the possibility of asthma attack.
The festive atmosphere is what can pose a problem too. How is this possible? Fireplaces, scented candles, even the Christmas tree and decorations – they may all cause asthma to get worse. Dust from the ornaments, smoke from the fireplace and smell and ingredients of scented candles and Christmas tree – they all can cause asthma attack.
How to minimize the risk?
Fortunately, just like during other seasons, the risk of asthma attack can be minimized during holidays too. First of all, protect yourself from dramatic temperature changes. It is especially risky to go from warm indoor environment out into the cold. Of course, this does not mean you should not leave you home. Just make sure to wear a scarf over your mouth and nose when you go out, and this will significantly reduce the impact of the cold air.
If you want to set the mood with the fireplace – you better think of something else if you have a wood fireplace. Gas alternative can work, but make sure that the vent is working flawlessly. You can add to the festive atmosphere by lighting candles. However, make sure to avoid scented ones. They contain artificial perfumes that can cause the asthma attacks. Choose unscented candles instead, and if you want to add some festive scent to your home – bake cinnamon, vanilla, ginger, cloves or citrus in the oven. Or even better – some Christmas cookies that contain these ingredients.
Believe it or not, Christmas tree can also affect your asthma because of the pollen and mold. This is why it is better to use artificial tree, and make sure to clean if from dust before you decorate it. If you really cannot imagine holidays without the real tree, then you can minimize the risk by wiping the trunk with bleach diluted in water and using the leaf blower to remove the pollen.
When your tree is ready for decorating, make sure that the decorations are asthma-friendly. Wipe them thoroughly to get rid of the dust, because it is one of the common asthma triggers. Decorate your tree, bake some cookies, light the candles and enjoy the holidays!