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Weather Effects on Asthma

01/11/2005

Question:

I am an asthmatic, and this winter I have been having more trouble breathing than normal. What winter weather factor is the most effective, in causing broncoconstriction?

Answer:

Cold temperatures are very problematic for asthmatics.  I recommend you wear a scarf or face mask around your nose and mouth that can warm the air before you breath it in.  There are several asthma medications that are also effective for cold-induced asthma including cromolyn (Intal) and nedocromil sodium (Tilade), inhaled corticosteroids (Flovent, Pulmacort, Qvar, Azmacort, Aerobid...) and leukotriene receptor antagonists (Accolate and Singulair).  See your doctor or an allergist for more information. 

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Response by:

Jonathan   Bernstein, MD Jonathan Bernstein, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati