According to the Asthma Society of Canada, nearly 3 million Canadians live with asthma. There are many different triggers that can bring on your asthma which differ from person to person. Some common triggers are:
As the weather conditions change an asthma attack can be triggered by:
- Cold air – If cold air is one of your triggers try breathing through your nose. Your nose is designed to warm and humidify air. Wear a scarf covering your mouth and nose and avoid exercising in extremely cold weather.
- Wind and rain – Wet weather encourages the growth of mold. The wind blows mold and pollen through the air. Limit your outdoor exposure.
- Heat and humidity – Hot days increase the ozone from smog, exhaust fumes and pollutants, that can trigger asthma attack. Humidity, which creates a lot of moisture in the air, can also trigger an attack. On such days stay inside where there is an air-conditioner and good quality air.
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