As winter is just around the corner, those suffering from asbestos-related lung conditions might be wondering how the cold weather might affect their condition. Whether asbestosis, mesothelioma or pleural thickening, asbestos-related lung conditions can sometimes be exacerbated during the winter.
Not many people enjoy the damp, cold and harsh conditions that winter brings. It can bring about the flu and the common cold which could trigger coughs, mucus and difficulty breathing in some cases. For those living with asbestos-related lung diseases, their symptoms could be multiplied.
There are certain things you can do to better protect yourself during the winter and make sure your lungs are kept warm and safe during the winter’s harsh elements.
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Staying as Warm as Possible
- Staying warm is the most important aspect of managing your condition and ensuring symptoms aren’t triggered or worsened during winter.
- Layers of clothing – having a scarf, turtleneck, and a warm winter coat will ensure a comfortable season. Layers trap warm air much better than one single layer will. You can wear thermal shirts, socks and wool sweaters for maximum heat.
- Staying warm and active – being active creates body heat and keeps you warm overall. Move around, even if it means doing a small round of exercise at home on the couch or in your chair.
- Hot drinks and tea – warm drinks and warm meals revitalize you and keep your chest nice and warm.
- A comfortable temperature – in lower temperatures, symptoms might flare up so make sure you’re keeping your home at a temperature that’s above 18 degrees Celsius.
Other Things You Can Do
- Plan ahead and check the weather before going outside so you can plan accordingly and dress right.
- Breathe through your nose, not your mouth. Breathing through your mouth sends cold air directly into your lungs while breathing through your nose ensure the air gets heated first, as it passes through much more.
- Besides covering your chest, try to have a scar that covers your neck and mouth as much as possible.
- Get the seasonal flu shot to minimize your chances of getting sick or having your symptoms worse.
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