Any advice change in symptoms due to cold weather?

Hi everyone

Hope you are all well

My little girl, Holly, who's 6 is really struggling with her asthma just now and after trying to rule out everything else, I'm presuming its the not so nice icy air in Ayrshire just now.

We managed to get her back onto flixotide and ventolin inhalers a few weeks ago but had to change her back to nebulising budesonide and ventolin again recently to try to stabalise her a bit. Also just finished another course of prednisolone but was just wondering if anyone had any ideas how to beat this cold weather before we consider giving her another course of prednisolone.

Phoned Gp's for advice to be basically told that I know her asthma better than them and just to let them know when we need the prednisolone. Tried cons for advice but he's on holiday (again) and not back for a fortnight.

She gets wrapped up with the compulsary scarf round her mouth and nose and house and school are always comfortable temperatures for her. Also stopped swimming lessons and tae kwon do lessons for a little while but really don't want to stop her dancing lessons as thats all she has left.

Any ideas on how to survive the winter temperatures a little more effectively would be very welcome.



P.s Thought I'd add that I'm not looking for emergency or medical advice, just maybe tips in general.

4 Replies

  • Anne, cold weather problems are sadly unavoidable and you seem to be doing all the right things. One small thing, make sure your house temp is on the low side so the contrast between indoors and outdoors is not too huge. I open the front door and sit in the hall for 5 minutes adjusting to cooler air before finally going out. It does not always work and the kids moan about the freezing draft when the front door is open but you can put extra woolies on you can't warm the air around you the bigger the difference between inside and outside the worse the problem is and I get it in reverse too. I have come up with all sorts of mad ideas to heat oxygen and use it that with a mask. For those on oxygen an oxygen mask is better as it keeps the wind from taking your breath away. Finally you need to work out exactly what is the ""trigger"" temp. For me assuming no wind involvement +3 degrees and lower will trigger an attack. I tend to think twice and take extra care if temp is +5 degrees above that and assuming there is no big wind chill I am OK. I wish I could think of some magic answer but I can't and I dread the winter these days.


  • Bex I never actually gave the conrasting temperatures a second though before. Quite a genius idea though. I'm going to give it a try tonight as I do tend to have my house rather on the warm side so it would make sensethat the shock is worse when going out in the cold




  • Just make sure the rest of your family know and put on an extra jumper or 2. It is supposed to be the contrast that causes the problems. Good luck.


  • I'm inclined to agree with bex, we live in ever hotter houses, but you have to go outside sometime, so cool the house and wear extra clothes to keep warm. I'd also let her go back to the swimming, that should do her good.

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