15,377 Tipperary asthmatics urged to take precautions during the Beast from the East

Tips for managing asthma during the Beast from the East.

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As the Beast from the East approaches The Asthma Society of Ireland is asking Tipperary people affected by asthma to be conscious of the seasonal triggers that might worsen their asthma throughout the cold period.

With 470,000 people affected, Ireland has the fourth highest prevalence of asthma worldwide. Approximately one person a week dies as a result of asthma, yet 90% of these deaths are preventable.

Tips for managing asthma during winter:

Take your prescribed medication and have your inhaler with you at all times.
It is important to use a reliever inhaler before going out in frosty, damp conditions.
On cold windy days wear a scarf over your nose and mouth - this will help to warm up the air before you breathe it in.
Take care to ensure that you don’t become over stressed and have effective ways of dealing with it.
Keep taking your medication regularly as prescribed in order to control symptoms.
Speak to your GP if asthma symptoms worsen at night or you are using your blue inhaler more than twice a week.
Take extra care when exercising in cold weather. Warm up for 10-15 minutes. Take two puffs of your reliever inhaler before you start.
If you are going on a winter holiday make sure you have enough medication with you to last the entire trip, and speak to your GP if you have any concerns about triggers at your destination.
Be aware that the following are common triggers for people with asthma at this time of year - chest infections, sudden changes in temperature, and cold/windy conditions.

Contact the Asthma Adviceline on 1800 44 54 64 if you wish to speak to an asthma nurse specialist about winter triggers.

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