Asthma is a condition in which the airways of a person become inflamed, narrow, swelled up and produce extra amounts of mucus which hinders the normal breathing process of a person. This situation can arise because of airborne allergens, such as pollens, dust mites or respiratory infections such as common cold. In the times of the day, the link between Asthma and Covid-19 is believed to have worsened the situation for people who were already victims of Asthma, as they are more susceptible to contracting the virus. Not only this, but the severity of Covid symptoms can also increase in such patients.
Risk for Asthma and Covid-19 Patients
According to experts, the impact of Covid-19 on Asthma patients will not just incite severe symptoms, but may also lead to pneumonia, fibrosis or other intense respiratory diseases.
Asthma and Covid-19 Symptoms
The major symptoms observed in patients of Asthma and Covid-19 are breathlessness, fever, wheezing and headache. One may also sense serious tightness in the chest.
Tips for Asthma and Covid-19
- People who have contracted both Coronavirus and Asthma are advised to take regular inhaler and bronchodilator therapies along with their medications as per the schedule.
- Nebulisation is also very useful in handling Covid-induced bronchospasms, as patients can take it with or without steroids to control chest congestion.
- Since vaccination has successfully reached us, patients of Covid-19 and Asthma must ensure to take the doses as timely as possible.
- People suffering from both Coronavirus and Asthma must not step out of the house until highly necessary and must wear double masks as a precaution.
- One must avoid outdoor exercises and focus on doing breathing exercises along with yoga indoors.
- To avoid congestion in the chest, one must inhale steam twice a day.
- Keep your anxieties and stress level low with an increased awareness of your triggers.
- Your room and surroundings must remain clean and disinfected, but do not spray disinfectants without covering your face, as it might trigger difficulty in breathing.
- Keep a peak flow metre with you and regularly measure the speed at which air comes out of your lungs so that if any abnormality is noted, it can be taken care of timely.
Besides these few precautions for Asthma and Covid-19 patients, it is highly necessary for everyone to take healthier diets, especially one that contains significant amounts of Vitamin C. We all must regularly wash hands, sanitise and wear a mask to not just help ourselves but everyone around.
Park Hospital wishes you a safe journey ahead in the wake of Covid-19.
Happy World Asthma Day!