Sonia Munde, Head of Services at Asthma UK, said:
“With reports of extreme cold weather due over the next few days it’s vital that the people with asthma are prepared. Around 4 million people with asthma say that breathing in cold air makes their sensitive airways react, triggering asthma symptoms and putting them at an increased risk of an asthma attack.
“As cold weather hits, it’s vital that people with asthma take their preventer inhaler as prescribed to keep the inflammation down in their sensitive airways – so they’re less likely to react to winter triggers such as cold air. They should also keep their reliever inhaler (usually blue) with them in case of an emergency.
“The humble scarf can also help - wrapping it loosely around the nose and mouth warms up the air before they breathe it in. If you notice you need to use your blue reliever inhaler three times or more in a week, see your GP or asthma nurse – this is a sign that an asthma attack could be imminent. For more advice on how people can keep asthma attacks at bay this winter, visit: www.asthma.org.uk/wintertriggers.”
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- Asthma UK’s mission is to stop asthma attacks and cure asthma. We do this by funding world leading research, campaigning for improved care and supporting people to reduce their risk of a potentially life-threatening asthma attack.
- In the UK, 5.4 million people are currently receiving treatment for asthma: 1.1 million children (1 in 11) and 4.3 million adults (1 in 12).
- Every day, the lives of three families are devastated by the death of a loved one to an asthma attack, and tragically two thirds of these deaths are preventable.
- The Asthma UK Helpline is open weekdays from 9am to 5pm on 0300 222 5800.
- For more information about asthma please visit www.asthma.org.uk