What should asthmatic patients know about Coronavirus
The coronavirus pandemic is scary enough for people of all ages. And because COVID-19 is a virus that primarily affects the respiratory tract, it is especially concerning for asthmatic patients who already experience respiratory symptoms from their condition.
There has been one report suggesting that asthma may increase the risk of hospitalization from COVID-19 in 18-49-year-old adults; however, this is based on a small number of patients. (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) And there is contrary data from New York where asthma was under-represented in those who died from COVID-19. (Source: The New York Times)
Tips for asthma patients
Here are some tips every asthma patient should follow during the Coronavirus pandemic.
- Take extra precautions to prevent an infection
The old adage, “Prevention is better than cure” has never been truer than now. Taking every precaution possible to prevent contracting COVID-19 is the most effective way for asthma patients to stay healthy. Wear a mask, wash hands frequently, don’t touch the face, frequently disinfect surfaces, and practice social distancing.
- Get fresh air
Closed spaces pose risks for asthmatic patients. This is because droplets take longer to dissolve due to a lack of natural ventilation. Being an asthma patient, if you frequently use chemical sprays to disinfect indoor spaces, it’s a risk. Because these sprays can irritate the airways and trigger asthma attacks. While using these sprays, it’s ideal to keep doors and windows open.
- Avoid your asthma triggers
Asthma symptoms are induced by exposure to certain triggers, including smoke, pet dander, dust, mold and pollen. It’s important to recognize and avoid asthma triggers as much as possible.
- Learn how to decrease stress and anxiety
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in stress, fear, and anxiety around the world. Since strong emotions can trigger an asthma attack, it’s helpful for asthma patients to find ways to cope with strong emotions. Meditation, exercise, nutritious food, connection with family and friends, and a healthy sleep pattern are all helpful ways to calm the body and mind amidst a stressful situation.
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Seek treatment in homeopathy
One of the main reasons to seek treatment in homeopathy is because an expert homeopathic doctor will understand the root cause of your illness and then come up with an individualized treatment plan. At Dr Batra’s™, we focus on increasing the disease-free period. We use a holistic approach that includes understanding conditions like weather change an allergy to pollens and dust, etc., before suggesting an appropriate homeopathic remedy. Homeopathic medicines are prescribed to help reduce spasms of the respiratory tract and build overall body immunity.
It’s important to inform your healthcare provider if you experience symptoms that could indicate a COVID-19 infection, including a fever, cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea or loss of taste or smell. Book an online appointment with our homeopathic doctors.