The Asthma Society of Ireland today warning the 312,000 people who have both asthma and hayfever in Ireland to take precautions when going on holidays this summer.
News in the last 24 hours has indicated a heatwave across Europe in coming days, where temperatures could break records – causing problems for Irish people with hayfever and asthma if they are on holidays in areas affected by the heatwave.
“Hayfever symptoms are capable of escalating an asthma attack, which in some cases can be fatal. Asthma deaths are rising in Ireland, with one person now dying every six days as a result of their asthma,” Sarah O’Connor, CEO of the Asthma Society of Ireland, said.
“In addition, people with hayfever experience symptoms which really compromise their quality of life and ability to enjoy the summer months.”
The Asthma Society has teamed up with Dyson Ireland to launch its Pollen Tracker on asthma.ie.
The tracker provides an update of pollen levels across the four provinces each day, and a predictor of the pollen levels for the following day.
“Everyone deserves to enjoy their holidays instead of struggling with their asthma and/or hayfever,” she added.
“Up to 80% of people with asthma also have hayfever, it is important to get both your hayfever and asthma under control to have an enjoyable holiday.”
Holiday Tips for People with Asthma and Hayfever:
If the Pollen Count is high, you should:
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