Preventing Colds And Flu That Can Trigger Asthma

colds and fluFor those who have asthma, getting a cold or the flu can trigger an asthma attack.

Everyday colds, which everyone else can fight off, end up being very serious for people with asthma.

Fortunately, if you suffer with asthma there are ways to prevent colds and the flu.

By keeping yourself healthy, you will experience fewer attacks and serious illnesses. Consider the following tips to stay healthy year round, and especially during cold season.

Eat Healthy

The most important thing you can do to ward of a cold, is eat a healthy diet. Your body needs a healthy balance of fruits, vegetables, and protein to stay healthy.

Vitamins and minerals are the building blocks of health. When your body is deficient of important elements it will not be able to kill germs and fight off bacteria.

If this happens, the toxins will attack your body, and you will begin to feel sick. If you can’t always eat a healthy diet, you should take a daily multi-vitamin. Vitamin C is particularly important for keeping a cold at bay.

Wash Your Hands Often

One of the easiest ways to catch a cold is by touching your face with your hands. Germs can be found on most household and public surfaces. For example, a door handle at the department store can have millions of bacteria on it.

It is important that you wash your hands after using the restroom, before preparing food, and after touching public surfaces, such as shopping carts or door handles.

It is obviously impossible to wash your hands every five minutes. However, washing often will help limit your exposure to germs. You might also consider carrying a hand sanitizer when going out in public.

Stay Away From People Who Are Sick

The easiest way to avoid getting sick, is avoiding those who are ill. However, this may not always be possible. If you have to be in the presence of people who are sick, keep your distance.  Try covering your mouth with a handkerchief, or your hand, to keep germs at bay.

If you work in a position that requires you to deal with the public, you should get a flu shot every year. There are also medications, such as Airborne, that can help to kill germs and bacteria before they can enter your system. These medications have proven to be very effective at preventing illness.

Respond at the First Signs of Trouble

If you have taken all the precautions and you still catch a cold, it is important to immediately see your physician. In many cases, a cold or the flu can be treated before it triggers an asthma attack.

Your doctor may be able to give you medication to keep the cold or flu from progressing. Your doctor will also want to keep a close eye, in case the situation gets worse quickly.

The key to keeping the flu or a cold at bay is prevention, and follow through. Be aware of the way you feel, and whether you feel a cold coming on. Early treatment can be the difference between a cold, and bronchitis.

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