Asthma UK response to cold weather alert

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With reports of ice and cold weather due in Northern Ireland over the next few days it is vital that the one in 10 people with asthma in Northern Ireland are prepared, the Director of Asthma UK NI says.

Joan O’Hagan also states: “Three quarters of people with asthma find that cold air makes their asthma worse, putting them at an increased risk of a potentially life threatening asthma attack.

“According to the National Review of Asthma Deaths, 45% of those who died from an asthma attack did so without seeking medical assistance or before emergency medical care could be provided. Tragically three people die every day because of asthma attacks, and two of these deaths are preventable, so it’s absolutely crucial people with asthma seek medical assistance for asthma attacks”.

In cold weather the advice is that people with asthma should...

*Wrap up warm

*Carry their reliever inhaler with them at all times

*Keep taking their regular preventer inhaler as prescribed by their doctor.

*Speak to their pharmacist or GP to ensure they are using their inhaler correctly.

*Call Asthma UK’s Helpline if they have any concerns about their asthma on 0800 121 62 44.