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Do you suffer from asthma? 23.08.19

THE Asthma Society of Ireland is today warning the 304,000 people who have both asthma and hayfever in Ireland to take precautions as pollen levels are expected to rise this weekend.
Check out the Pollen Tracker on www.asthma.ie which provides an update of pollen levels across the four provinces each day and a predictor of the pollen levels for the following day.
Sarah O’Connor, CEO of the Asthma Society of Ireland, said: “For the 304,000 people who have asthma and hayfever, hayfever can be particularly dangerous. Hayfever symptoms are capable of escalating an asthma attack, which in some cases can be fatal. Asthma deaths are rising in Ireland, with one person now dying every six days as a result of their asthma."
Check out the Pollen Tracker on www.asthma.ie .
Niamh O‘Halloran, who suffered a near fatal asthma attack because of her hayfever, said: “Most of my friends with hayfever experience the itchy watery eyes, runny nose and itchy throat, etc. But for me, as I have asthma and hayfever, symptoms can be a lot more serious. It is essential that I manage my hayfever to ensure it does not lead to a serious asthma attack. In my teenage years, I suffered an asthma attack because of my hayfever which nearly took my life and left me in hospital for over a week. It was a terrifying experience and I did not know if I was going to make it."
Niamh continued, “Today, I make sure to take my anti-histamines, along with all my asthma medications as part of my Asthma Action Plan. Controlling my hayfever is extremely important as it prevents me ending up back in hospital. I find the Asthma Society’s Pollen Tracker an excellent tool which allows me to prepare and take precautions on any day when the pollen count will be high.”
For any questions on managing your, or a family member’s asthma and/or COPD, call the Asthma Society’s free Joint Asthma and COPD Adviceline on 1800 44 54 64, where you can talk to a trained respiratory nurse about getting your hayfever symptoms under control.
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