Tips for Easy Breathing During the Winter Months

Care to guess which season has the most doctors’ visits for respiratory issues?  If you said winter, than you may want to take a look at the respiratory health guidelines below:

1. Wash Your Hands Regularly: You’ve probably heard about the importance of washing your hands since childhood. Your parents were absolutely right – failing to keep your hands clean gives germs a chance to find their way into your body.

2. Cover Up Your Nose and Mouth in the Cold: Cold air doesn’t just chill the skin; its dryness can also irritate the airways of those with asthma, bronchitis or COPD, leading to nagging symptoms like coughing and wheezing. You may not like them, but scarves go a long way towards keeping cold air from passing through your nose and mouth.

3. Cover Up The Rest of Your Body Too: Of course, it goes without saying that wearing the appropriate clothing during the winter is a must. Adults and children who are bit by the chill of Old Man Winter could develop respiratory infections, including pneumonia.

4. Stay Away From the Fireplace: Everyone loves sitting by a roaring fireplace on a cold night. Unfortunately, this is one winter-related activity that some people might be better off skipping; people with respiratory conditions and allergies might find themselves coughing and wheezing due to fireplace smoke and fumes.

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