Protecting yourself when asthma complicates Winter illness

It might seem as if nearly everyone is sick this winter, but if you also struggle with asthma it can make the situation dangerous.

Tiffany Brinton, an asthma educator from Salt Lake County Health Department, joined Good Morning Utah with a few ideas of how asthma sufferers can combat the cold and flu this winter.

Get a flu shot

People with asthma are more likely to have serious complications from the flu.  In addition to potentially triggering an asthma attack, the flu vaccine nasal mist is NOT recommended by the CDC for the 2017-18 flu season.

Talk to your doctor about your control.

Your doctor may adjust your medications temporarily for the season if winter is a time that you struggle with good asthma control. 

Replace your furnace filter.

We spend much more time indoors in the winter time.  Replacing your furnace filter can insure the air inside is clean. 

Have an asthma action plan and follow it.

Everyone with asthma should have an Asthma Action Plan in writing. This plan provides information and instructions on how you can manage your asthma. If you do not have one, ask your doctor to set one up for you.

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