One in 11 of your readers has asthma and sadly there are warning signs that more people than usual, including children, are seeking help from their GP and NHS 111 because of worsening asthma symptoms. There is nothing as terrifying as watching a child or a loved one struggle to breathe and sadly this Christmas Day someone will be having a potentially life-threatening asthma attack every 10 seconds.
Asthma UK has five top tips for managing your asthma at Christmas on our website: www.asthma.org.uk/xmastips and I want to remind your readers that they should not be afraid to call for help if they need it.
If you are having an attack and your reliever inhaler is not helping, you should call 999.
Chief Executive, Asthma UK
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