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Some tips from HCFI

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  1. Avoid walking, jogging or exercising outdoors when the air is hazy.
  2. Stay indoors in air-conditioned rooms, use air purifiers if available.
  3. People with already diagnosed respiratory problems should use N95 masks when stepping out.
  4. While travelling in cars, roll up the windows.
  5. Avoid places with high-vehicular density.
  6. People with asthma or COPD must take their medicines regularly, even in summer.

Winter Asthma

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Any breathlessness after the age of 40, appearing for the first time in winter, is cardiac asthma unless proved otherwise. Such patients should immediately have their blood pressure check-up done and if high needs immediate medical attention. First-onset breathlessness can also be an indication of angina or heart attack. However, the more common is winter asthma or acute exacerbation of winter COPD (chronic bronchitis). Asthma is reversible airway obstruction and COPD is irreversible airway obstruction. Sudden exposure to cold, humidity, pollution at lower levels in atmosphere can precipitate asthma in susceptible individuals. Winter is the time to increase the dose of asthma medicines.

If a person can speak a full sentence, the asthma attack is mild; if a person speaks broken sentences the asthma attack is moderate and if the person is able to speak only words then the asthma attack is severe. Severe attack of asthma needs immediate hospitalization.

Winter Asthma

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Any breathlessness after the age of 40, appearing for the first time in winter, is cardiac asthma unless proved otherwise. Such patients should immediately have their blood pressure check-up done and if high needs immediate medical attention. First-onset breathlessness can also be an indication of angina or heart attack. However, the more common is winter asthma or acute exacerbation of winter COPD (chronic bronchitis).

Asthma is reversible airway obstruction and COPD is irreversible airway obstruction. Sudden exposure to cold, humidity, pollution at lower levels in atmosphere can precipitate asthma in susceptible individuals. Winter is the time to increase the dose of asthma medicines.

If a person can speak a full sentence, the asthma attack is mild; if a person speaks broken sentences the asthma attack is moderate and if the person is able to speak only words then the asthma attack is severe. Severe attack of asthma needs immediate hospitalization.

An attack of asthma is due to inflammation, narrowing and collection of fluid in the wind pipe and needs medicines to widen the wind pipe and reduce the inflammation.

The need of asthma medicines can be intermittent and/or permanent. The ‘Formula of ‘2’t becomes handy in such situations. A person who consumes more than two canisters of inhalers in a year or consumes asthma medicines more than twice in the night time in a month or more than twice in a day in a week, then he or she needs continuous asthma and anti inflammatory medicines. Inhalers are the best choices.

Most COPD patients can air travel

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People with COPD, emphysema and other serious lung diseases can safely travel by airplane, but they should be evaluated by their doctor before travel.

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