Some Fiery Winter Asthma Woes
As the weather cooled off and winter sunk into place, asthma triggers creep out for people who are newly diagnosed or still trying to find their way around the world of asthma. Especially this winter as it seems to continue to last longer and longer this year. My last two and a half years have been filled with ever-increasing lung and respiratory issues. Unlike some people, whose conditions improve over time, mine continue to worsen. Things that only bothered me a little two years ago, bother me a lot more now. So I have to be extra careful and be sure to watch out for the things around me because I am well aware that many people around me do not.
So many families love to light their fireplaces and enjoy them during the winter. They also seem to enjoy this during occasions when other people come over to visit. I can not blame them either because before I had respiratory issues, I was the same. Prior to Hurricane Ike, my house even had a fireplace as well. Fireplaces can still be great for those of us with asthma when certain things are considered. The fireplaces need to be kept clean because it helps limit what is burned off and enters the air. Another important thing is what is actually burned in the fireplace. There are different woods and starters and occasionally some people attempt to burn other things in their fireplaces that should not be burned like papers. On any occasion, if the smoke doesn’t vent correctly or becomes too much, open a window slightly or step out to allow yourself to get some fresh air.
Being from the south, bonfires are a big part of our world during the colder months. It makes for some really great evenings outsides, where we all always love to be so much. It also helps to get rid of tree limbs or any trees that came down earlier in the years as well. One important tip for being around a bonfire is to determine which way the wind is blowing so that you are not having the smoke from the fire blown into your face. You definitely do not need to be breathing that smoke into your lungs all night long. So stay upwind of the fire! The same applies for trash burning, which we also do on the farms and ranches down here. Which still includes tree but also feed bags, old bills that are no longer needed, and the such.
So even with the cool air out, be sure to keep your lungs in mind when you’re warming yourself around a fire. It is important that you take care of your respiratory health regardless of what you have going on during the day or night. It can be easy to be overcome with doing too much and occasionally forget some of the basic self-preservation tips that we already know. So, when its cool out, and you go to warm up by any sort of a fire, do not breathe in too much smoke.
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