Lack of knowl­edge about asthma at­tacks

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

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.

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