Asthmatics urged to take care as cold weather takes hold

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With cold weather hitting parts of Northern Ireland this week Asthma UK is reiterating its message to asthma sufferers across the UK.

Kay Boycott, chief executive of Asthma UK, says: “Winter can be a particularly risky time for many of the 1 in 11 people with asthma in the UK, three quarters of whom say that cold air triggers their asthma.

“When there is a period of extremely cold weather it’s impossible to avoid it but there are a few simple things you can do to reduce your risk of having a potentially life threatening asthma attack.

“Take your preventer inhaler as prescribed by your GP or asthma nurse, and make sure you carry your reliever inhaler on you at all times in case you have an attack.

“The difference between inside and outside temperature can also be a factor – so make sure you wrap up well when doing your Christmas shopping later this week.”

Cold weather advice for people with asthma can be found at www.asthma.org.uk and for personal tailored medical advice you can speak to an asthma nurse specialist on the Asthma UK Helpline on 0800 121 62 44.