At this time of year, we normally ask you to help support our work.
We normally tell you about how important that work is, and how your support makes a real difference. And it does – because without your support we couldn’t have been there for people with asthma when they needed us most. But, as we’ve all found out, this year, nothing has been normal.
Above all else, this Christmas we want you to look after yourself and your loved ones. You can check out our top winter tips below and if you are able, any donations no matter how big or small to help support our work would be greatly received.
Here are 6 things you can do to help your asthma this winter
Take your preventer daily, as prescribed.
If you tend to forget, set a phone reminder or try putting your preventer inhaler somewhere you’ll see it, like your bedside table.
Keep your inhaler with you
In case of emergencies, keep your reliever inhaler with you at all times. Why not keep it with your keys, ready to pick up when you leave the house.
Use a scarf
If your asthma is triggered by cold or damp air, just wrap a lightweight scarf loosely around your nose and mouth when outside. It warms the air you breathe in, so it’s less likely to irritate your airways.
Don’t forget to book your flu vaccine!
Regularly wash bedding at 60°C
Regular washing of bedding, covers and your children’s soft toys helps to prevent dust mites, which can be an asthma trigger.
Keep your home well aired
You might not feel like opening a window when it’s cold, but this is important, as using gas appliances and fires can lead to higher levels of pollutants in your home. It also helps to prevent damp and mould, which can also be an asthma trigger.
Help us to continue defending the nations lungs
£15 could help us secure the future of research for people with asthma.
£30 could help us to continue campaigning for people with asthma.
£60 could help us provide free health advice to millions.
We're here to help
If you need support or help with your asthma, call our Helpline on: 0300 222 5800 (Mon-Fri, 9.15am-5pm)*
For more practical tips and information, visit our winter triggers page.
*The Helpline is closed from 2pm Christmas Eve and will reopen on January 4th.