Asthma patients, remember, remember November 5! Millions of patients are at risk of fatal attacks due to persistent smoke emitted by fireworks over a bonfire, warns a charity
- Asthma UK has warned that local air pollution is a common cause for patients
- This type of pollution can be caused by persistent smoke emitted by fireworks
- The charity also warned that the cold air at night can lead to an asthma attack
Millions of asthmatics have been told to remember, think of the fifth of November amid fears that bonfire night celebrations can cause deadly attacks.
Asthma UK has warned that local air pollution – caused by persistent smoke particles released by fireworks displays – is a common cause for patients.
It said the cold air could also cause an asthma attack and advised patients to wrap themselves warm and hold a thin scarf loosely over their nose and mouth.
And the charity urged asthma patients to distance themselves from the fireworks and the fire when the smoke coughs them.
Nicola Pearson, 45, from Preston, struggled to breathe after fireworks smoke entered her lungs a few years ago on a display. The school nurse practitioner described it as a & # 39; really frightening experience & # 39; and had to leave the party immediately
Asthma UK has warned localized air pollution – created by persistent smoke particles released by fireworks displays – a common trigger for patients
Dr. Andy Whittamore, clinical leader at Asthma UK and a practicing general practitioner, said: “Fireworks and bonfires can look beautiful.
& # 39; But if you have asthma due to smoke, they can end up in the hospital. The good news is if people with asthma follow our top tips … that they don't have to miss. & # 39;
He added that patients should take their prevention device – usually brown – and have their emergency inhaler – usually blue – with them in case of an emergency.
Nicola Pearson, 45, from Preston, struggled to breathe after fireworks smoke entered her lungs a few years ago on a display.
WHAT DOES ASTHMA UK RECOMMEND PATIENTS AT THIS BONFIRE NIGHT?
- Remember, remember … to always carry your reliever inhaler (usually blue) with you.
- Take your prevention medication as prescribed.
- If you notice that you cough smoke, sit back and admire the fireworks from a distance.
- Make sure your friends and family know what to do and when to seek help if your asthma symptoms suddenly get worse.
- Because cold air can also be an asthma trigger, wrap a thin scarf loosely over your nose and mouth when it's cold; this will help to warm up the air before you inhale it.
The school nurse practitioner described it as a & # 39; really frightening experience & # 39; and had to leave the party immediately.
She said: & I love fireworks and I don't want to miss the fun, so I make sure I wear my reliever inhaler in my jacket pocket. & # 39;
Mrs. Pearson also holds a scarf loosely around her mouth and nose. She added: & # 39; That way I can participate in the festivities, but also stay safe. & # 39;
About 5.4 million people in the UK have asthma. It causes inflammation of the respiratory tract, making it difficult to breathe.
Allergies, dust and exercise can all cause symptoms. And localized air pollution is a huge trigger for 61 percent of patients, Astma UK said.
The charity said it received 174 calls to its helpline between 2 and 12 November last year compared to 146 calls between 5 and 15 October 2018.
Meanwhile, more than 7,600 people were hospitalized in the UK with asthma in November 2017, compared to 7,100 in the previous month, the charity said.
Three people die every day from an asthma attack in the UK. Some patients describe it as if they feel that someone is holding a pillow over their face.
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