UK heat wave could trigger deadly episode for millions

The next heat wave in the UK could trigger deadly episodes for millions. A charity is urging asthmatics to beware of rising mercury.

Rising pollen counts and rising temperature can trigger an asthma flare-up. There are fears that this could, in turn, trigger deadly asthma attacks for some patients.

Andy Whittamore, Clinical Lead at Asthma and Lung UK, said: “When pollen levels are at their highest, it can be deadly for those with lung conditions such as asthma, who can experience severe symptoms and life-threatening attacks. These attacks can leave people struggling to breathe, which can be terrifying, but there are things they can do to take care of themselves.”

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Dr Whittamore said: “Reliever inhalers quickly relax the muscles in the airways and relieve symptoms immediately. 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.”

The charity is urging everyone who suffers from asthma and to ensure they keep taking their preventative inhalers if they use them. Asthma UK says these devices will help reduce sensitivity and swelling in the airways.

People are also told to keep them on their people while they are outside in the dizzying temperatures and mild weather of May and June.

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