Lack of knowledge about asthma attacks
ONLY seven per cent of asthmatics in Wicklow know all the symptoms of an asthma attack, according to the Asthma Society of Ireland.
There are 13,446 asthmatics living in the county. One person dies a week in Ireland as a result of their asthma, but 90 per cent of these deaths are preventable, the society believes.
During the month of May, Boot’s pharmacies will be offering free asthma consultations in their stores in Arklow and Greystones. These consultations will allow asthmatics to discuss their use of asthma medicines and inhaler technique to ensure they are getting the most impact from their medication. These consultations will also provide advice to asthmatics on how to better manage their condition, allowing them to live a fuller life. The Asthma Society’s 5 Step Rule wallet cards will also be available from Boots stores during May, ensuring that people are better prepared if they or a family member have an asthma attack.
‘It is troubling to think that so few asthmatics in Wicklow know all the symptoms of an asthma attack,’ said Sarah O’Connor, CEO of the Asthma Society of Ireland. ‘Therefore, it is vital that all asthmatics and their carers learn the symptoms of an asthma attack and the 5 Step Rule so that they are fully prepared.’
The 5 Step Rule is: stay calm, take slow, deep breaths, take a puff of your reliever inhaler every minute, use a spacer is available and don’t leave a person having an attack alone.