'Deadly pollen bomb' to put people with asthma at risk

For immediate release - 16th April 2019

Responding to reports of hot weather and high levels of pollen, Sonia Munde, Head of Services at Asthma UK, said:

 “A deadly pollen bomb is due to hit this week, putting people with asthma at risk of a potentially life-threatening asthma attack. Around 3.3million people with asthma are affected pollen, which can cause symptoms such as wheezing, a tight chest or coughing.

“Trees have been releasing their pollen for several weeks, but the warm spring weather is going to make these pollen levels spike. If you’re already getting symptoms, it’s not too late to help yourself stay well.

Take your prescribed preventer medicine to soothe your irritated airways so you’re less likely to react to the pollen trigger. Take hay fever medicines such as antihistamines as they stop the allergic reaction that triggers asthma symptoms and keep itchy eyes and runny noses at bay.

Everyone with asthma should keep their blue reliever inhaler with them at all times in case of an emergency. We have other advice on how to cut your risk of a pollen bomb triggering an asthma attack at www.asthma.org.uk/pollen.”