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Isolated on whiteFor the most part, we tend to take breathing for granted, don’t we? Generally, we don’t even think about doing it. However, our lungs and their natural capacity to work for us by inhaling oxygen and exhaling carbon dioxide are absolutely necessary for everyday living. That goes without saying. Yet, there are many of us who can’t take breathing for granted. Asthmatics live life each day knowing that there are triggers that cause their disease to interrupt their normal breathing.

Asthma is one of the top reasons that DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. takes the issue of indoor air quality so seriously. Our many services work to find solutions to problems in homes and other properties that may be contributing to the triggers that impact asthma sufferers. And these triggers can be exacerbated during the winter. With the Canadian winters being as harsh as they are, it is always wise for asthmatics in our nation to take precautions when the season arrives.

“Winter can be beautiful with sights like sunshine sparkling off snow covered trees,” says the Asthma Society of Canada, “For those who enjoy winter sports this is a wonderful time, but for those with asthma triggered by cold air, it is a time for advance planning. Although cold air is a common asthma trigger, its effects can be anticipated and prevented from having an impact by taking a reliever medication 10-15 minutes prior to exposure.”

Outdoor precautions. As explained by HealthCommunities.com, “during the winter months, cold, dry air can tighten airways and worsen breathing.” If you’re an asthmatic, it’s important to be mindful of the precautions that can be taken when spending time outside in the cold. They include limiting or avoiding exercise outdoors, says the website. It also recommends that you wear scarves, turtlenecks or neck gaiters over your mouth and nose to warm up the air you breathe.

You’ll also want to be mindful of the outdoor areas you visit during the winter. The combination of pollutants and cold air can be especially harmful to those who suffer with asthma. The Asthma Society of Canada warns Canada’s numerous hockey players to bear this in mind. “Other triggers common to the winter season are hockey arenas where a combination of cold air, exhaust and vapours from the ice cleaning machines often trigger or aggravate asthma symptoms,” they report.

Indoor precautions. Of course, one of the easiest ways to avoid the asthma triggers that come with winter’s cold weather is to spend as much time indoors as possible. HealthCommunities.com points out, however, that there are precautions to take when you’re inside as well. As you may have expected, limiting dust through frequent dusting and vacuuming is always a wise choice. Vacuums with HEPA filters are highly recommended.

As well, it’s important to monitor the humidity levels of your indoor locations. “Ideally, you want to keep the humidity level in your home between 30 and 45 percent,” says HealthCommunities.com, “When humidity is too high, it can lead to the growth of dust mites, mould and mildew. Clean the humidifier regularly and replace the water daily as a preventative. If possible, use distilled or demineralized water in your humidifier.”

It is also recommended that you avoid down comforters and pillows and regularly wash your bedding in hot water above 130°F. It should probably go without saying that asthmatics should keep their homes smoke-free as well. That doesn’t just mean eliminating cigarette smoking, but also avoiding the use of fireplaces and even candles. Smoke can travel from room to room, even through closed doors, HealthCommunities.com remind us.

For more information on how the Air Quality Services provided by DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. can help you avoid asthma triggers this winter, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

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