Asthma warn­ing

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - Roz Rosen­blatt Di­a­betes UK re­gional man­ager, Lon­don DR SA­MAN­THA WALKER Deputy Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of Asthma UK

for their first name to be used in this way. Share your top tips at www.di­a­betes.org.uk/top-tips . YOUR read­ers may have been shocked to hear of the death of Stu­art Baggs, for­mer star of The Ap­pren­tice, to an asthma at­tack at the age of 27.

Many peo­ple don’t re­alise how se­ri­ous asthma is yet ev­ery 10 sec­onds some­one in the UK is hav­ing a po­ten­tially life threat­en­ing asthma at­tack and three peo­ple die from asthma ev­ery day.

I can’t stress enough how im­por­tant it is that the one in 11 peo­ple with asthma in the UK recog­nise the early warn­ing signs of an asthma at­tack and know what to do when their symp­toms are get­ting worse. Ev­ery per­son with asthma should have a writ­ten asthma ac­tion plan which helps them deal with wors­en­ing symp­toms and re­minds them what to do in an emer­gency. With­out one, peo­ple are four times more likely to be ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal for their asthma.

Any­one con­cerned about their asthma can call the Asthma UK Helpline on 0300 222 5800 to speak to a spe­cial­ist asthma nurse or visit www.asthma.org.uk for more in­for­ma­tion or to down­load a writ­ten asthma ac­tion plan.

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