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I've been diagnosed with asthma for about six years but mostly it was so mild I needed minimum medication and rarely thought about it. However in the last few months it has gotten much worse.

I've had two courses of prednisone and seem improved as long as I'm indoors, but whenever I go outside the severe cold seems to trigger an attack. I try to cover my mouth and nose with a scarf but even a whiff of cold air and suddenly I'm gasping. Going for a walk is out of the question. I feel trapped and my little dog doesn't understand why we can't go out.

Is there something I can, or should, be doing to make me more able to tolerate cold air?

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  • K8sMom2002

    Hugs, Holly and welcome — cold air is one of my triggers, too — really, any sudden temperature change.

    I know several members use masks to help with asthma — @Doug Abrahamson posted something similar and , and @Nemo88 and @LK use a mask as well. 

    My doc has suggested I pre-treat before being exposed to known triggers. Could you talk to your doctor about your overall asthma control and any tweaks to your medications and also ask about different strategies your doc may think would help?

  • LK

    Hi @Holly!

    I was diagnosed with asthma about 6 years ago.  I'm in my mid 50s. 

    Cold air is one of my triggers. Any temp below 60 F degrees bothers me and these single digits and below zero can really get me, too!

    I've tried using scarves but they don't seem to really help for me.  So far I have tried just Curad flu/virus masks, Vogmasks, and RZ masks.  The Curad masks didn't really help with the cold.  Dust and strong odors are also triggers for me so I try to find masks that will help with those things as well.  The RZ mask I have is more for cold weather but they do have ones more designed for colder weather.  The Vogmask seems to help the most of the ones I have used. 

    When It is frigid out I use the Vogmask and also a winter face mask over it.  I also wear a warm scarf around my neck and chest since when my chest gets cold that gets me, too.

    Some of the other members here have used other masks which look like they work well for cold weather.

    I second @K8sMom2002's suggestion to talk with your doctor about maybe adjusting your meds and strategies. 

    I'll be interested in hearing what you figure out!

  • Dar007

    This is an interesting topic for me. I love to downhill ski in the winter, and the cold air is one of my triggers. I have been looking at different masks/scarves I can wear. I keep being in denial about how much the cold weather affects me but I am tired of not being able to breathe. Trouble with a scarf is that when I exhale, it fogs up my goggles and I feel like I am suffocating. I also need something that allows me to see well for when I do jumps or moguls. I don’t want to, and won’t, give up my favourite thing to do in the winter. Just have to figure out what works for me I guess. So frustrating! 

  • Katie D

    @Dar007  Welcome!  Where do you ski?  I have skied a few times and enjoy it, but I'm less of a thrill seeker, and love to run. When I lived on the East Coast (up until 3 years ago) I used to run a lot in the very cold weather, and I also didn't want to give it up, because running was and still is my favorite hobby.  

    I found wearing a mask similar to  to be really helpful.  When it was really really cold (like it is there currently,) I had to take my training indoors sometimes, as I knew my limits, but that wasn't too frequent…. but with skiing that's not really an option.  I found that mask to be great as it allowed some air to escape, hence not fogging up my glasses.  

  • Dar007

    @Katie D I ski all over. I love skiing Sugarloaf, Beaver Creek, Mammoth Mountain , and I ski Banff Alberta often.  My family is a ski family so our vactaions were to different slopes all over the USA and Canada. I just find it hard to enjoy what I live to do when I am fighting for air. It slows me down! I get the running thing too. I can imagine how the cold air would be hard to manage breathing so deeply as you fo when you run. I am going to check out those masks on amazon! They look pretty cool and not bulky at all. Thanks! 😁

  • Katie D

    That sounds awesome @Dar007 - I bet you have some amazing memories growing up on the ski slopes.  Banff Alberta looks amazing!We now live within hours of Tahoe and I am looking forward to skiing there one of these days when my children are older.  We have friends who go frequently and keep asking us to join them.

    Keep us posted on what mask you go with and how it works, hopefully it will help you continue to ski with your asthma!

  • Dar007

    @Katie D Wow!! Tahoe is a dream destination for me. Someday I will get a change to visit. And I do have great memories as a kid during those vacations. Great times! These days I don’t get much time off to go, but I make sure I go to a local hill when I can. Thank you SO much for the i fo you gave me. I will post what I find works for me -maybe it will help someone else! Wishing you and your wonderful family a very happy New Year! 

  • Katie D

    Awesome!  Yes, please keep us posted!

    We went to Tahoe last summer in August and it was amazing and so beautiful.  We actually stayed on the lake for a weekend (friends were given the use of a house and invited us,) and it was so gorgeous. I can only imagine it covered in snow!

  • Pljohns

    DAR007-cold is an awful trigger for me-and the culprit of my current flare-I try scarves but right now, just way too self conscious to wear a mask unless I”m working in the yard or around construction fumes.  Strong fumes of any tipe are triggers for me too-I have an RZ specifically for fumes and it works great but haven’t found anything that I’m actually even sort of OK wearing in public right now. Please keep us posted on what you find and welcome to the forums!

  • Dar007

    @Pljohns I know what you mean! I am trying to find something that I can wear in the cold that doesn’t stand out too much too. I don’t like for people to know. It is my own little hang up I guess. I have a co worker (I work in an Emergency Room at a local hospital) who has asthma and will use her inhalers out in the open…and I see my other co workers roll their eyes behind her back. So I am very self conscious about not being too public about my asthma.  I am going to do a lot of research on line and I will let you know what I find. 

  • Pljohns

    Been there done that-I can’t use inhalers-nebs only-and until a year ago, only my DH and DS were the only ones I would uae a neb in front of-I’ve had peopel humiliate me in front of others because of my asthma.  I did my best to keep it hidden but with the help of this group,  i will now do nebs -at my front desk-when I have to-still not in a public place like the mall( some idiot called the mall cops and told them there was some lady-ME-iin the food court using a crack pipe the last time I used my handheld neb in public-and I was there with both of my DS who were in elementary school!). The mall cops thought it was the funniest thing they had ever heard once I explained it to them but that idiot didn’t by the time I got done ripping in to him and educating him a bit on asthma and I was humiliated beyond words.

    I am doing better about using my neb. I managed primary care clinics for over 30 years and my boss took great pride and pleasure in humiliating me every chance she could-even one iof the doc”s I worked with was awful.  Made a lasting mark on me that I haven’t gotten over yet.  I am working on it-but no way with a mask yet. 

    I’m lucky-that awful boss and a stay in MICU and 30 days of medical leave for a really bad flare from NOT using a neb when I needed it forced me into a lifestyle change of changing jobs.  I’m still in medical management but on a much smaller scale and manage physical therapy clinics now.  Most importantly-I have an amazing new boss who gets it-I was totally honest and upfront with him during my interview even though I knew legally I didn’t have to tell him and you know what it got me?  He personally threw out everything in the clinic with a scent just in case it bothered me.  Fired a chic for spraying body spray at me after he told her not to wear it because of my asthma and doesn’t give me grief when I need a neb-in fact, with my current bad flare going-has come through several times every day and ask if I was ok and told me to do whatever I needed to do to take care of me.  What a difference.  If there was ever a place or person I might be able to do a mask with, it would be my new boss and anyone that works for my company-they ALL have been checking on me all day today and they all get it-its a sad cry that physical therapists, managers and business office people are more understanding than a health care system and even primary care physicians.  I hope you can gain courage with the support of the people on this board like I have.  I absolutely know that without their support-people who TRULY understand what its like to live like we do- I would still be that person not doing nebs, hiding in bathroom stalls to use them and doing my best to hide the fact that I even had asthma.  Your health is a lot more important than that-and it has taken me 6 years( my entire time since I was diagnosed) to be able to say that and think it actually applies to me too-

  • Dar007

    @Pljohns I am so sorry to hear that. People have no compassion and are way too cynical and quick to judge theae days. I am that person -I leave my medication at home, and if I do take them it is in the bathroom well away from anyone. I even deny anything is wrong if i am out qith friends skiing or whatever. That is why I am looking for a mask or somethig to warm up the air I breathe so I don’t have a reaction in the first place. It is awesome you have such an understanding boss! Compassion goes a long way in my book. 

  • Jen

    Hi @Holly and @Dar007,

    Welcome to posting.   I hope that some of the above ideas will work for you.

  • Marie E Natzke

    Holly, when I'm having a bad morning I'll use my rescue inhaler before I leave the house. Especially in days where we've had big weather changes whether it's temperature of stormy weather. I use a thick scarf to cover my mouth and nose as well.

  • K8sMom2002

    @Dar007, I totally get why folks don't want to bring attention to themselves. I have a DD who is 16 and who not only has asthma, but other health conditions that are "hidden" but life-threatening.

    Here's something to think about, though. Seconds count in an emergency. Could you look around for one or two trusted friends or co-workers to let in on your situation? That way, if you ever got into serious distress, they would:

    • Know what is going on
    • Know what to do to help you

    I really hate to hear stories like you share. I know intolerance to a lot of things is out there, but for me, even if it doesn't apply to me, I feel an urge to stand up for that person.

    People tend to think that behavior that isn't called out is acceptable, and that what's acceptable is normal.

    What a different world it would be in your office if just one other person saw those eye rolls and said, "Hey, wait. Asthma is serious business — each day, 10 people a day die from asthma." For your sake and for your co-worker's sake, I surely hope that there's one other person in that office who IS willing to say, "Hey, this is NOT acceptable."

  • Dar007

    @K8sMom2002 I agree 100%! I don’t think they were rollin g their eyes at her only because she was using her inhaler in front of everyone, I think they don’t really like her and like working with her. ( She has a tendency to say pretty derogatory things about you to your face, which doesn’t win her much sympathy.).

    I work in an ER at one of two hospitals in our city. I soecialize in trauma, and this is where the incident happend. She was surrounded by nurses at the time. Problem with the ER department is that most people get so desensitized to people and their health problems because you see SO many people who are over exaggerating or over playing what is wrong in order to get in earlier/attention/time off work or whatever. I am nit like that. I like what I do, and I find the moment you lose compassion for others, is the moment you need to find another career. It isn’t right, but it happens when you see so many people cry wolf…and I think that is dangerous. 

    I am very hesitant to use my medications in front of anyone there for that reason, but I am aure they wouldn’t react the same way to me. They know me and they know if I actually had to there is something very wrong with me. 

    I won’t even take my inhalers in front of my family. I am sure I have had asthma as a child, but it wasn’t diagnosed. When I would cough and have trouble breathing, my mother would tell me to stop faking it and to just stop because I was going to “make myself sick”. My mother’s favourite line was “oh stop, It is not like you have cancer!”. So I learned early to never show that side of me. My boss knows what I have and so do some of my co workers that I trust. 

    It shouldn’t be that way. I should feel ok to take my rescue if and when I need it, where ever I am,regardless. I shouldn’t feel ashamed or shy about what I can’t control. But I do. I took yesterday and today off for holiday and last night when skiing and had a really bad reaction. It is so cold out there this week. But I refused to acknowledge an attack coming on because I was with people I didn’t really know well. It was bad. But that is something I know I need to work on. 

     

  • Pljohns

    DAR007-I so get what you're saying.  The only family I will use meds in front of is DH and our DS-no one else because of the stares and comments.  You would think working in a healthcare environment, people would understand at work, but they often don't.  I've been laughed at, called Darth Vader for my nebulizer-you name.  It took A LOT for me to get to the point that I could use my neb at work-and I sit in an area that all of our patients can see me as well as all of the employees (we all share and office).  the encouragement and support from this group went a long way toward that and knowing that there really wasn't a private area except for going to my car to do a neb left me with no choice.  

    It's something you have to get comfortable in your own skin first, then be around people you trust when you have to use your meds and then venture out.  I have learned that if anyone says something, I try to use it as a teaching moment about asthma.  That has helped a lot-

  • Pljohns

    Any luck thinking about a mask?  since I know 100% that this current flare is from the cold weather, I've got to seriously look for something and figure out how to make myself wear it.  With the crappy medical team I have, seems like my care is on me so I now need to be extra vigilant about the 3 triggers I know about.

  • Dar007

    @Pljohns I haven't had time to look much (worked 40hours in three days and am on day 8 of a 12 shift stretch), and skiing for me is on hold for the moment (no more snow! It is like spring out there!!!). But so far the mask on eBay that @K8sMom2002 suggested looks the most promising. I think it was on eBay? 

  • K8sMom2002

    @Dar007, hugs on not being believed when you were younger! I can see how that could make you not trust the people you are around now and give you a funny feeling about using an inhaler or mentioning your asthma.

    It's really regrettable that you experience this while you also work in a healthcare field. It sounds like they do understand asthma, but, like you say, it's tough not to get de-sensitized when you're in the trenches. My hat's off to you for being aware of that!

    I grew up in an area where people made a point of making all things relative … I call it the "there's a person who'd love to have your problem" or the "at least" school of thought. "Your car is broken?" they'd say. "At least you HAVE a car. There's someone without a car who's walking." 

    But even if there ARE other problems in the world, that doesn't make YOUR problem less real or less pressing or less deserving of help. 

    I like @Pljohns's approach — ease out of your comfort zone and get comfortable with your own skin. And could you think about it like this? 

    "I paid good money for the expert advice of a person who went through at least 7 years of advanced training to help me with my asthma (four years med school, at least three years of a residency)."

    When my family questions me about decisions we make about our daughter (who has food allergies and a rare bleeding disorder in addition to asthma and eczema), I just say, "We're following our doctor's orders." They may feel free to argue with me, but hearing that seems to reassure them.

    Hugs … we're here for you while you find your strength. 

  • Pljohns

    Getting out of my comfort zone and OK with my skin hasn’t been easy and still isn’t. There’s still A LOT that I won’t do in front of anyone but I”m being forced out by things-the weather, the flu, shear necessity-and it’s not been too bad.  Tough at first but it’s getting better.  A year ago, I never thought I would ever be able to say that or do some of the things I do now-baby steps for sure.

  • LK

    @K8sMom2002,  'But even if there ARE other problems in the world, that doesn't make YOUR problem less real or less pressing or less deserving of help. ' 

    So well stated!!

    Totally agree that it's easier to not stand out from the crowd especially when you haven't been believed or have been made to feel insignificant for having a concern growing up.  It's gotten easier to take a stand for myself and others as I've gotten older.  For me talking, or in the case of these supportive forums typing, it out helps me process what steps I need to take and to take them.

    Have you found a mask that works for you in the cold air? 

  • Megan Roberts

    I'm hearing a lot of talk in other threads right now of cold triggers; not only is it a big asthma flare for a lot of members but a large portion of the country is experiencing some prolonged cold weather right now. Including the south where a lot of people with asthma don't usually have to think about protecting their breathing from the cold. I've taken my activities inside for the most part (except for less frequent and shorter dog walks) and cover my face; I can feel my airways start to close up as soon as I walk out into it. I am sorry you're feeling trapped by the cold @Holly and everyone else who is struggling with this weather! Are there some activities you could do indoors to make you feel less trapped? Could you and the pup do walking loops indoors somewhere? I have a kitchen island and did a group walk with my confused dogs for 10 minutes around the island the last really cold days. We switched directions every so often to keep things exciting. LOL. I think they believed a treat was going to be involved somewhere in that process, but sadly they were mistaken.

    @Dar007 I hope you're able to find a mask that helps you return to doing the winter activity you love! Keep us posted on how that goes. I also can totally relate to not wanting others to know what you're struggling with due to their (mis)perceptions. But over time, as I have I guess grown more comfortable with having asthma, I also have come to see @K8sMom2002's point that you are better protecting yourself by letting others know. And there is absolutely no shame in needing to carry an inhaler! Asthma is a chronic illness affecting and by carrying your medication you may be empowering someone else to do the same – which could maybe save their life someday. Now I put the inhaler very visibly on the exercise equipment I use at the gym or in exercise classes. And I use it as needed in front of anyone. I'm not saying you need to be there; I respect wherever your comfort level is. I just hope you are able to get treatment when you need it and are not limited by coworkers or anyone else you think may be judging you!

  • Dar007

    @K8sMom2002, @Pljohns, @LK, @Megan Roberts I love the fact you can talk to people in this community. I can't talk to my family about it at all, and I certainly can't talk to anyone I work with. It is just not something they want to hear. I don't think I will ever be comfortable in front of either group of people. But at least if I am in trouble at work, they know what to do to help me. None of my triggers are at work, so I am lucky for that. 

    I have ordered the mask I think @K8sMom2002 mentioned to me a while back. I would really hate to have to stop snowboarding/skiing just because of the cold. It just isn't enjoyable when I feel like I am suffocating. People seem to get the misconception that I am out of shape when it happens. That is frustrating. Just ignorance I think. I will let you all know how the mask works!! 

     

  • LK

    @Dar007, 

    It is hard to talk with family about it.  Sometimes they try but just can't understand it.  I guess I don't want to talk with my parents about it so I won't worry them.   

    Hope your new mask works for you!

  • Dar007

    @LK It is very hard for me to talk to my closest family. They have never been very supportive or understanding in the past for other times when I wasn't feeling well.  For example, in high school I was so sick one day with gastro, and I called home to ask my mother to come pick me up. She said no. She was busy staining our deck.so I walked home. It was a 45 minute walk. I had perfect attendance at school up until then, and was not someone that would want to go home for no good reason. But that was how it was. The pulmonologist I am seeing suspects I had asthma when I was younger, but I was never tested and nobody knew. I would cough all the time and have trouble breathing but my parents would tell me to stop faking it because I would make myself sick. Truth is, I got so used to feeling that way, I wouldn't notice that I was doing it! To this day I can be at work and someone comments I am coughing a lot, and I don't realize it. So yeah, I really don't feel they should know about any of this. I don't feel comfortable letting anyone else know when something is happening either. Wish I was, but I know what to do when I feel like a bad attack is coming on. I am pretty good at handling it on my own in hiding. Ha ha 

  • Kathy P

    Hugs Dar007. I'm sorry your family was not supportive or empathetic. My dh comes from a family like that. Since he's "trained" that way, it has sometimes made things challenging between us. Since we have been biking together, he has come to better understand that this is real. He still can't relate to HOW it feels, but will not be dismissive. 

    I suspect I had asthma since I was young as well. I used to wind up coughing til I was doubled over in PE. My parents took me to an allergist who did testing that all came up negative. So it was all dismissed as "she must just get a lit of colds". Um no! I just didn't test positive to things.

    After I was diagnosed with asthma, my dad felt terrible that he didn't push harder on the doc. But he came from a generation that put their faith in doctors to know best and didn't question things. We were working with the best info we had. Technology and information availability has changed all that. 

  • Dar007

    Awww thanks @Kathy P! I get where you are coming from. But it has made me stronger for it. I don't let it hold me back even though some days I get so frustrated. It is a frustrating disease to have. I am lucky I have a very kind and caring family doctor. He is the one who figured things out and he is always trying to get me to tell the truth about how I am doing and managing things (usually I shrug his questions off and say all is fine).   At least I can talk to him about it.

    Really awesome to hear your DH is understanding with you on bike rides. Most people don't get what it feels like. I know at work, even though they should know better, they look at my co worker and say she is out of breath because she is overweight. I can see how people can misinterpret it all.  I am sure that is what I told myself my whole life until I was tested and they told me was really happening. 

  • LK

    @Dar007,  Oh, I am so sorry no one in your family believed you when you were young about not feeling well! 

    I wasn't diagnosed with cough-variant asthma until I was in my late 40s and I know I had had a cough for at least 3-4 years before that.  Although it was a chronic cough I thought it was just allergies.  When I would be SOB I thought I was just out of shape.  I completely know what you mean when you say you have become so used to coughing that you don't even know you are doing it!   

    Along the lines of 'usually I shrug his questions off and say all is fine' my pat answer for the question of "How are you?' is 'Fine, thank you. How are you?'  I have to be feeling really badly to actually tell the doctor the unvarnished truth. 

    Glad you now have a doctor who knows you well enough to push for a truthful answer from you so that he in turn can help you.

  • LK
    Kathy P posted:

    But he came from a generation that put their faith in doctors to know best and didn't question things. We were working with the best info we had. Technology and information availability has changed all that. 

    @Kathy P,  Agreed.  When I was growing up, I used to think that doctors knew and could fix just about everything. 

  • Kathy P

    When I was a kid and coughing/out of breath, I was told I needed to exercise more! I'd try but then miserable because I couldn't breath! I avoided exercise for years and am now finally getting a handle on it and am able to build up my cardio endurance. 

  • Dar007

    Wow, I thought it was just me (the coughing a lot when younger, and thinking I was just not in shape to do things) I had things I had to do around the house growing up – mowing the lawn,and cleaning the pool, were my two biggest chores outside. Never knew I am highly allergic to all kinds of weeds, grasses, and trees. I would run with the mower just to get it done because I felt miserable for hours after. The coughing was uncontrollable. Now I know what was happening. I would be wheezing and my mother would shush me. Lol I guess I was too loud or it was bothering her. I laugh at it now. ( I have always been active, more so when I was young. Swimming, volleyball, skiing…so I should have clued in that mowing our lawn shouldn't have caused me to be THAT out of breath). 

  • Holly

    I had no idea so many people had the same issues. Seriously. Megan, you were right on about folks in the South. In NC we had 8 days when the temp never topped 32. The coldest it's been in over 30 years. The average daytime high in January is 50. No wonder I was so surprised, even though I've long known I couldn't tolerate heat and humidity, of which we have plenty.

    Since the cold has eased up a little, I've discovered that I seem to be fine above 35.

    Lacey and I drove to a pet store a couple of times and took our walk inside. She thoroughly enjoyed it. I got to practice my impulse-buy resistance. I turned down the cutest little sweater, a spangled collar, and some chews, and only spent $10.00 on a bed she didn't need.

  • Kathy P

    Way to get creative on finding somewhere to walk! And on resisting the impulse buys!

  • Nancy Knight

    I have found that buying a ski scarf at a  ski shop works as a cold weather mask.  The scarf is a continuous round scarf, and I can pull it up over my nose and breathe in recirculated air.  Plus it doesn't look too weird and they come in many colors.  I wear it skiing and also walking outdoors on cold days.  They are sometimes called "turtles" in the ski shops.  Hope this helps someone! 

  • Kathy P

    That's a great idea Nancy! I think I have one if those in the bin of ski stuff!

    I usually am wearing some kind if scarf especially when it's cold .I've often fluffed it up around my face to cover my mouth and nose. 

    This past week while traveling in frigid temps, I often put my Vogmask on which helped with the cold air. Bonus that it helped with the dryness of the air too. 

  • K8sMom2002

    Welcome, @Nancy Knight … that IS a great idea! I wear scarves a lot anyway because I feel ten degrees warmer with a scarf on. 

  • Megan Roberts

    @Nancy Knight welcome and thanks for sharing your solution for managing the cold air trigger. I got an eternity scarf that's made out of t-shirt like material for just this reason, it stays snug on top of my face/nose unlike other scarves that fall off. 

    @Holly hope the cold has left you alone down in NC! I love your resourceful way of getting your dog walking in in the cold– I feel so guilty when my pups don't get their daily walks in the bitter cold or when the roads are iced (even though they have plenty of yard to run around in, they might as well be part of the landscaping they move so little out there). I tend to do loops around my kitchen island when conditions are too harsh outside but after about 10 minutes they become hip to the fact I'm not offering a treat. I like your idea so much better!

    @Dar007 your mom shushing you for allergic asthma coughing fits as a kid just cracked me up as it hits a little close to home! I'm so glad you're figuring out triggers now and finding ways to work around them so you can keep doing the things you love. Which I presume does NOT include mowing the lawn. But sounds like it does include plenty of other outdoor activities throughout the year.

  • Holly

    I really appreciate all the replies to my post. It helps to know you're not alone. Happily, the cold has abated here. We're back to normal winter temperatures. Phew!

    About finding a way to exercise the dog in bad weather. I was in Lowes Home Improvement the other day and saw a sign that said "service dogs and pets welcome." Now, circling the inside perimeter of that place would rack up some miles. And perhaps best of all, the impulse buys are more likely to be something I actually need.

  • LK

    @Nancy Knight, Whenever I've tried other scarves they tend to slip down so they aren't covering my mouth and nose enough.  Does the ski scarf kind stay in place better over your mouth and nose?  I just started using the Vogmask and the Cambridge mask mask for the cold air this winter.

  • Nancy Knight

    I did find a ski scarf that has an elastic cord running thru it, and I can tighten it as needed.  Sorry I don't have a good picture of it but ski shops are a good place to shop for these scarves. 

  • K8sMom2002

    Nancy, that's great — does your ski scarf have a brand label on it? Maybe I can drag up a photo online to share with folks for you!

  • Nancy Knight

    I did find a brand.  It is called Turtle Fur.  Sorry I am unable to post a picture, but I think if you shop at a ski shop or a good outdoor store such as REI or EMS, they will have a variety of neck scarves that might work in cold weather.  Good luck!

  • LK

    I found Turtle Fur neck gaiters/neck warmers.  Is that what you are calling a ski scarf or is there something I'm not finding? 

    I have neck gaiters, not the Turtle Fur brand, and they just don't keep the air warm enough for my sensitive lungs.  Maybe the Turtle Fur brand style is warmer?

    Thanks!

  • Nancy Knight

    Yes, Turtle Fur is the brand I have, and I call it a ski scarf.  I think you just have to try different products to see what works for you.  I find the ski products pretty warm, as I am always the coldest person in the group!  Good luck shopping!

  • LK

    Thank you, Nancy!  I know how in different parts of the country people call the same item different names!  

  • K8sMom2002

    Ooh, is this a photo of one?

    Forgive me, but I don't live anywhere near ski country — however, I do like scarves — but I don't like the way their ends trail everywhere. This could be a great way to stay warm! I do wonder if I could fasten a zip or a snap in the back, so that I wouldn't mess up my hair or eye makeup if I took it off … vanity, thy name is Cynthia!

  • Nancy Knight

    Yes, that's it!  I'm sure you could make it more snug using velcro, or a snap of some kind.  Then it won't slide down your neck.  I have a couple of them, and mine are a snug fit.