Tuesday, 24. December 2019
Do you want to come to the Christmas market with us? For most of us, this is a harmless, innocuous question. But for people with chronic respiratory conditions, this question is not always easy to answer. We asked four lung patients this question anyway. Here are their answers.
"I really like going to Christmas markets because I love the atmosphere, but I choose smaller markets to avoid crowds and the risk of infection. I don’t want to have to stop going to Christmas markets because of my asthma, even if I sometimes have trouble there with the strong smells from perfumed candles and incense sticks or with cigarette smoke. Once I started having an asthma attack because of a some really strong incense. I moved away from the booth and first tried to manage my breathing using the pursed lip breathing technique, but I ultimately had to use my asthma spray. In winter, the cold air is also a problem for me. My lungs are more susceptible. So I consider how my lungs are doing before I go to a Christmas market. If I have the feeling that they are not doing that well, I use my asthma spray at home before I go to the market."
Franziska reports on Instagram (franzisasthmazone_yt) and on her YouTube channel “Franzis Asthmazone” about her life with asthma.
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An article written by the PARI BLOG editorial team.