Posted by: BeneFIT Corporate Wellness
Date: December 13, 2012
As the cold weather season sets in, so do the common cold, flu and asthma flare-ups in adults and children. Educate your employees on ways to be proactive in preventing a sneeze from a common cold to turning into the wheeze of an asthma flare-up.
The most common causes of asthma flare-ups are respiratory infections that cause the common cold and the influenza virus. The symptoms of the cold and flu are annoying, and they can cause major problems if you have asthma. Asthma is defined by inflammation which causes the narrowing of the airway passages and sensitivity to allergens such as animal dander, dust mites, carpet, cockroaches, trees, grasses, pollen, mold, air pollution, perfumes, tobacco smoke, cold air, as well as emotions. The lung cells produce mucus causing the airways to become swollen, then the muscles tighten around the airways causing wheezing and difficulty breathing.
There is no sure way from keeping employees from getting a cold, flu or having asthma flare-ups, but you can help them and their families by providing a few preventive health tips to avoid getting sick:
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Sources: National Asthma Education and Prevention Program; National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Disclaimer: The information presented is for your general knowledge and does not replace the advice of a physician. All medical inquiries regarding your health should be presented to a physician.