Extreme cold weather is forecast for the next few days. Three quarters of people with asthma find cold air makes their condition worse, and it can increase risk of a potentially life-threatening asthma attack, so it’s vital you get prepared. Sadly, three people die every day because of asthma attacks, and two-thirds of these deaths are preventable.
Get help if you need it. “According to the National Review of Asthma Deaths, 45% of those who died from an asthma attack died without seeking medical assistance or before emergency medical care could be provided,” says Kay Boycott, Chief Executive of Asthma UK. “Nobody having an asthma attack that needs emergency treatment should be anxious about going to A&E.” It’s absolutely crucial you seek help for an asthma attack. Check out Asthma UK's A&E guide to help cut your risk of an attack – and find out what to do in an emergency.
Use an action plan. "The good news for most people is that if your asthma is under control, you should not be experiencing symptoms – even on the coldest days," says Debby Waddell, Asthma Uk's Lead Clinical Advisor. The best way to manage your asthma is to have a written action place - having one means you are four times less likely to need to go to hospital. If you haven't got an action plan yet, download one today.