Asthma UK health alert - advice for imminent cold weather across the UK

Andrew Proctor, Director of Advice and Support at Asthma UK, said: "With very cold weather expected across much of the UK this week, particularly on Thursday, people with asthma need to take extra care. Cold air can have a severe impact on people with asthma. As many as three quarters of people with asthma tell us it can trigger symptoms, making sensitive airways tighten up quickly and putting people at risk of a potentially life threatening asthma attack. If you find cold weather makes your asthma worse, make sure you wrap up warm, carry your reliever inhaler, and know what to do if your symptoms get worse.

"If you are concerned about asthma attacks and how cold weather may affect your asthma, you can call the Asthma UK Helpline on 0300 22 5800 for advice from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday, or visit www.asthma.org.uk."