Winter tends to be a
little rough on the body, particularly those with respiratory problems. If you
or a loved one has respiratory issues, it’s important to realize the impact
winter can have and how to handle the cold season’s effects. Even if you don’t
have a history of respiratory concerns, the winter may bring upon problems.
You’ve probably noticed that many people tend to get colds more often in the winter months. This is due to the impact that dry air has on everyone’s respiratory tract. Breathing in dry air dries out the sinuses. When the sinuses are dry, there is little to no protection from the germs that are inhaled, as there is usually mucus to block the germs. If it is like this for everyone, imagine the issues that are added for those who already have respiratory issues like lung disease or sleep apnea.
While winter can be fun and bring people together indoors, it also provides a perfect environment for germs to thrive and be passed on. Some of the respiratory illnesses most common in the winter months are bronchitis, whooping cough, RSV, sinusitis and pneumonia. These can be life-threatening to those with weakened immune systems. However, it is possible for the winter air to benefit some people. Some who have asthma may see an increase in their symptoms. The summer air contrasts greatly to the dry air in winter that can trigger asthma symptoms. While the humidity is great for your skin, it can carry allergens that cause asthma to flare.
Some ways you can stay on top of the winter air this year are:
1. Invest in a Humidifier.
It only makes sense to combat dry air with moist air. Keep a humidifier going at all times to help. An added bonus is that it may even help you save on your heating bill. Humid air makes the room feel warmer, so you won’t feel the need to have the heat as high.
2. Make water your best friend.
Hydration is key to keeping your entire body functioning as it should. Additionally, your airway will thank you for the added moisture this season.
3. Wear layers.
The more layers you have, the less you will feel the need to have the drying heat on high.
4. Eat Soup.
Try to make the soup low sodium, but soup is a great way for you to get fluids in your system. It will also make you feel nice and cozy!
5. Eat Fruits.
Fruits have a lot of water and are a tasty treat. Don’t shy away from eating them just because it’s winter. Apples would be a great choice for this time of year.
To help make winter easier on your loved ones this winter, consider a thoughtful gift like our mask wipes or SoClean CPAP cleaner to help keep your loved ones with respiratory problems healthy this winter.
Now that you know more about the advantages and disadvantages of dry air in the winter, you can be prepared! Feel free to reach out to Advanced Respiratory Care Network with questions - we’re here to help.