If you or your child has asthma, these top tips will help you take control so it's only the flames you have to worry about...
Beware of the lingering fumes
As well as all the sparkle and colour from fireworks and bonfires, smoke fumes and unpleasant smells that can linger long after the event is over also increase air pollution levels. If you or your child have asthma, all of these things can irritate airways and trigger asthma symptoms. It's recommended that you avoid smoky situations where possible. If you find the smoke is making you cough, stand well back and admire the fireworks from a distance.
You're more likely to stay well with your asthma if you:
- take your preventer medicines as prescribed and discussed with your GP or asthma nurse
- carry your reliever inhaler (usually blue) with you at all times - you never know when you may need it
- make sure your friends and family know what to do and when to get help if your asthma symptoms suddenly get worse
Our autumn weather can be very unpredictable! Cold and wet weather can bring on asthma symptoms, as can mould and damp from falling leaves - one third of people with asthma tell us that moulds or fungi make their asthma worse. So, keep warm and avoid getting wet. If it's cold, wrap a scarf over your nose and mouth as this will help to warm up the air before you breathe it in.
See your GP or asthma nurse
If you have symptoms of asthma, such as coughing, wheezing, tightness in the chest or shortness of breath, or you have any concerns about your asthma, see your GP or asthma nurse ASAP to get your asthma under control. And don't forget to download a written asthma action plan and take it with you to your appointment to discuss with your GP or asthma nurse.
If you're worried about anything or have any questions, call our Helpline on 0300 222 5800 (9am - 5pm; Mon - Fri) and speak in confidence with one of our friendly asthma nurse specialists.
Last updated October 2016
Next review due October 2019