Since 2014, when an asthma attack landed me in A&E I’ve been on two inhalers. Actually, I was on Symbicort for a bit. Then, I was transferred to the preventer and reliever inhalers. I’ve worked out that my triggers are mainly diary and hayfever. Although, if I have the cold/flu or on cold days, I experience shortness of breath. When I had the flu last Christmas, it knocked me out for almost two week. Climbing the short stairs to my bedroom was a struggle. So when news that Coronavirus had reached UK shores I knew I had to be careful. I ordered a new set of inhalers because my current set was more than half empty. I was supplied with only the reliever. Two friends in different parts of the London experienced the same thing. Here Coronavirus tips for asthmatics.
Social Distancing and Hygiene
I usually go to Asthma UK for updates. They have advised if you have asthma, but do not require strong medication to manage, you only use the preventer and reliever (and that is using the reliever on average 3 times or LESS weekly) AND have NO symptoms of COVID-19:
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water.
- Use tissues to wipe your nose or catch a sneeze, and then put them in the bin straight away.
- Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands aren’t clean.
- Avoid unnecessary interactions with other people. This means avoiding large gatherings, shaking hands with people or hugging them, and unnecessary travel, especially on public transport. You should also avoid going to public venues like bars, restaurants and cinemas. If it’s possible in your job, try to work from home.
- You do NOT need to stay inside your house at all times or self-isolate. You can go for a walk, or to the park, or to the shops if you need to buy things. If you go out, stay 2 metres (3 steps) away from other people.
- Carry on taking all your usual asthma medicines as normal.
- If someone you live with develops symptoms of COVID-19, you will need to stay in your home for 14 days.
For more those with more serious conditions please visit their website.
What Triggers You?
Do you know your triggers? No time like the present to find out. If you know what they, then, avoid them best as you can. Highly levels of stress can trigger asthma. Try to stay calm and be positive. Find ways to distract yourself from the fear of the pandemic. Fragrances and chemical smells are also triggers. As we are all busily washing our hands and cleaning our homes from top to toe, be mindful the cleaning cocktails you use.
Hayfever suffers, the season is now. Check in with yourself daily, and access whether is your hayfever flaring up or early symptoms of the Coronavirus. Visit the NHS website for a full list of the symptoms so you don’t worry needlessly. For some of us, the hayfever make us feel ill and flu-y.
During hayfever season I experience insneezia. It’s the insomnia-esque effects of hayfever symptoms at night. I’ve got my antihistamines at the ready but I need to get my nasal spray. I’m also limiting my intake of dairy although with the ‘stay home’ effort I keep side-eyeng the kids’ cheese puffs. The struggle is real!
Check out this video from Asthma UK:
I hope you have found this post helpful. Please comment below if you would like to add the tips above; be it a home cleaning solution, diary free recipes whatever. I would love to hear from you. You would be doing me a favour to keep me away from the cheese.
Feature image credit: West Sussex County Council