Cold air can create issues for asthma suffers

Cold weather can create issues for people with asthma.

Cold air is often dry air, which can irritate the airways of people with asthma, COPD or bronchitis.

To help protect yourself from cold, dry air, people are encouraged to take all medications as prescribed.

Cover your nose and mouth with a scarf when going out in the cold.

And avoid exercising outdoors in severe cold weather.

If you have never been diagnosed with asthma, there are some warning signs to look for.

“What you might notice is cough, shortness of breath, tightness in your chest, those would all be and just having having a hard time to breathe,” said Denise Hanrahan-Brown, Respiratory Therapist with Mayo Clinic Health System.

People who do have asthma are encouraged to get medical attention if their inhaler is not helping.

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