Managing asthma and respiratory problems

As the weather gets colder and damper, you may find that your asthma or
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) symptoms start to become more prevalent and severe. 

This page is designed to help you take the necessary steps to manage your asthma or other respiratory problems this winter, as well as helping you to avoid your symptoms worsening.

How colds and flu affect people with asthma

How to avoid cold-related asthma attacks
  • Carry your reliever inhaler with you at all times and keep taking your preventer inhaler as prescribed by your GP
  • When going outside, wear gloves, a scarf and a hat, and carry an umbrella. Wrap a scarf loosely around your nose and mouth, this will help to warm the air before you breathe it in.
  • Go for regular asthma reviews with your GP.
  • Colds and the flu can cause your asthma to get worse. It is recommended that you get your flu jab - you may even be eligible for a free vaccination.

Inhalers for asthma and COPD

Inhalers are usually prescribed for patients with asthma and COPD as they are effective at delivering medication directly to the lungs.  Having the correct inhaler technique is important to ensure you get the maximum benefits from the medication prescribed for you.

Asthma UK has produced a series of videos to demonstrate the correct inhaler techniques for the the following devices:

You can also speak to your GP, practice nurse or pharmacist if you have any further questions.

Managing your asthma and COPD
Further information and resources