Some measures that asthmatic patients must observe to keep safe and follow, according to Dr Sandeep Nayar, senior director and HOD, chest and respiratory diseases, BLK-MAX Super Speciality Hospital in India.
*If you have recently recovered from an acute Covid infection, delay getting the vaccine until you are fully recovered and done with self-isolation and quarantine measures.*If, along with asthma, you also have other conditions causing immune deficiency like HIV or cancers, consult your doctor before getting the vaccine.
*Do not step out of the home. If unavoidable, wear a double mask while going out.
*Quit smoking as it can be very dangerous for patients with asthma or other respiratory illnesses.
*Avoid outdoor exercises, focus on breathing exercises, and doing yoga indoors.
*Take prescribed medicines and inhalers. Keep necessary medicines stocked up.
*Eat a healthy diet rich in nutrients and proteins. Avoid eating out and foods rich in oil.*Take steam twice daily to avoid chest congestion.
*Keep anxiety and stress levels as low as possible.
Dr Vishal Sehgal, President Medical Services, Portea Medical in India also suggested a few pointers for asthma patients:
* Continue the use of inhalers to prevent the condition from worsening.
*Keep your room and surrounding area clean and disinfected.
*Flag any symptoms such as high fever, cold, breathlessness, and difficulty in breathing.
*Avoid any kind of physical or mental stress. Do not watch too much negative news.
*Keep a peak flow meter to measure the speed at which air comes out of your lungs and note down to show your doctor for understanding your symptoms are related to asthma or COVID-19.
(With Indian Express input)