High levels of pollen and pollution forecast this week means people with asthma may find their symptoms get worse which increases their risk of a potentially fatal asthma attack. Up to 80% of people with asthma also have hay fever and people living in urban areas need to take special care as they are at risk of what is being referred to as ‘grey fever’ where pollen particles combine with pollution especially during periods of dry warm weather.
Dr Samantha Walker, Director of Research and Policy at Asthma UK, says: “If you have asthma you should check pollen and air pollution forecasts in your local area, make sure you carry your reliever inhaler, and know what to do if your symptoms get worse. If you also have hay fever it’s important to use a steroid nasal spray every day together with non-drowsy antihistamine tablets as needed. Anyone who is concerned about how pollen may affect their asthma can visit www.asthma.org.uk/pollen or call our Helpline on 0300 222 5800.”