We wanted to let your readers with asthma know that they could be at increased risk of a potentially life threatening asthma attack because of early spring hay fever. To help people with asthma who may be experiencing symptoms of early spring hay fever, the charity has created an online checklist which includes advice such as using a steroid nasal spray every day, together with non-drowsy antihistamine tablets as needed, and carrying a reliever inhaler at all times in case of an attack.
Every day the lives of three families are devastated by the death of a loved one to an asthma attack and every 10 seconds someone is having a potentially life threatening attack in the UK.
If any of your readers with asthma find their symptoms are changing or they are wheezing, waking at night, coughing or need to use their reliever inhaler more than usual this is a wake-up call that they could be at risk of a potentially life threatening asthma attack and need to take action. They should use the Asthma UK checklist and book an appointment with their GP or healthcare professional. They can also discuss their symptoms with a specialist asthma nurse on the Asthma UK Helpline, 0800 121 62 44, open Monday to Friday 9am until 5pm.
Dr Samantha Walker
Director of Research and Policy, Asthma UK, Mansell Street, London