Tis the Season for Asthma
The onset of winter often bodes ill for asthma sufferers. Cold temperatures and dry air can trigger asthma attacks, especially during outdoor exercise, said James Bonner, M.D., UAB professor of pulmonary medicine. And forced air heating systems can stir up dust mites and prompt allergic reactions that exacerbate asthma. Bonner also said viral infections such as influenza are particularly hard on asthmatics. A bad bout with the flu can be a serious setback, so Bonner said a flu shot is a good idea for asthma patients.
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