Icy Winter Air May Trigger Life-Threatening Respiratory Conditions Advice for Asthmatics, Parents of Tots
bitter cold air may trigger breathing difficulties in those with asthma
or broncho constriction, which in some instances may be
life-threatening, says an asthma expert at the University of Medicine
and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ).
constriction, which is characterized by prolonged coughing, wheezing,
chest tightness when exhaling and shortness of breath, and hypothermia,
a dangerous chilling of the system, send people to hospital emergency
rooms each winter, says Dr. Leonard Bielory, director of the Asthma and
Allergy Research Center at the UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School in
experience any form of broncho constriction, particularly children,
should avoid exerting themselves in extreme cold," Dr. Bielory said.
"When going outside, they should keep their heads and faces with a hat
especially in bitter cold weather, is a tremendous strain on the lungs,
Dr. Bielory said. "Exercising at a health club is preferable to
outdoors during the winter season, especially when temperatures
respiratory conditions and colds occur more frequently in the winter
than in other seasons? "The theory is that most of us spend
considerably more time indoors where viruses can be passed between
those in close contact," Dr. Bielory said.
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