Rising Pollen Count This Weekend Could Cause Life-threatening Asthma Attacks, Charity Warns | UK news

People with asthma could be at risk for life-threatening attacks this weekend due to rising pollen levels, a charity has warned.

Asthma and Lung UK said that more than three million people in the UK have lung problems such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and are at risk of attacks or outbreaks when pollen counts are high.

The charity urged people to use their preventative inhalers and keep their reliever inhalers with them at all times, with the Met Office predicting high pollen levels in England and Wales from Friday and average levels in other parts of the UK.

Other tips include staying indoors on high pollen days and keeping an eye on the weather forecast.

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Pollen can trigger symptoms such as chest tightness, wheezing and shortness of breath in 59% of people living with asthma and 25% of those living with COPD, according to research from the institution.

Allergies can cause the airways to tighten and build up sticky mucus, making it difficult for people to breathe.

About four people in the UK die from an asthma attack each year.

Andy Whittamore, clinical head of Asthma and Lung UK, said high levels of pollen can be “deadly” for people with lung problems and can leave people “struggling for breath”.

“Using your preventative inhalers as prescribed is important as the medication reduces sensitivity and swelling in the airways,” he said.

“We also advise people to carry their reliever inhalers every day, especially when they are outside and enjoying the sun, in case pollen causes an outbreak of their symptoms.

“The third thing people can do is use a steroid nasal spray every day along with non-drowsy antihistamine pills to help stop the allergic reaction.”

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