American Lung Association offers tip for surviving the holidays with asthma

Shara Dae Howard
December 19, 2018 - 10:47 pm



PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The holidays can be stressful for anyone, but especially for those suffering from chronic lung disease like asthma.

More than 1.3 million people suffer from bronchial asthma in Pennsylvania, and the holidays can be life threatening if extra precautions aren't taken.

Deborah Brown from the American Lung Association says the organization put together a list of tips for how to prepare for the holidays.

“The first one is medication precautions,” she said. “If you’re traveling far away remember to bring an extra written prescription in case your meds are lost or destroyed. If you’re traveling with meds put it in your backpack or in a pocketbook, so you have your quick release or controller medication easily available if you need them.”

She says staying healthy doesn't mean having to sacrifice fun with family and friends.

“If you’re staying with friends and family make sure you are staying in a smoke free environment,” she said. “If you have to stay in a hotel make sure it's completely smoke free.

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“There are fire places and candles gathering around wood burning fire places, it’s part of the holiday season but the smoke can trigger an asthma episode,” she said. “So, we encourage people to feel the glow of the season by to going faux and enjoying electric fire places and candles that flicker with the help of a battery.”

Brown says managing your asthma is about everything from bringing your own pillow and sheets to being mindful of your emotional stress level.

Brown adds that you can find out more information by calling 1-800-lungusa (1-800-586-4872) or visit the Lung Association website at