Be pre­pared for asthma

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Asthma and Respiratory Foun­da­tionNZ have is­sued a warn­ing to asthma and al­lergy suf­fer­ers to get pre­pared ahead of the Christ­mas hol­i­days.

Respiratory dis­ease af­fects 700,000 peo­ple in New Zealand. Asthma is a com­mon ill­ness af­fect­ing one in seven chil­dren and one in eight adults in New Zealand. Seventy seven peo­ple die from asthma each year.

Al­ler­gies are ex­tremely com­mon in­New Zealand, af­fect­ing one in three peo­ple.

“It’s easy for us all to get ex­cited about the sum­mer hol­i­days, but it’s so im­por­tant that we are­mind­ful of asthma and al­lergy trig­gers at this time of year,” says Teresa Demetriou, head of ed­u­ca­tion and re­search at Asthma and Respiratory Foun­da­tionNZ. “Heat and high pollen lev­els can be a real prob­lem for some peo­ple. A trig­ger is some­thing that makes asthma or an al­lergy worse, and can bring on an asthma at­tack. The main mes­sagewe want to get out there to peo­ple is— be pre­pared, and get in­formed about your trig­gers.”

There are many ways to pre­pare.

Top tips to help you stay well over the sum­mer:

● Put to­gether an asthma / al­lergy man­age­ment plan with a health pro­fes­sional be­fore the hol­i­days. Thiswill help you to be more in con­trol.

● Get more in­formed about your trig­gers. This will help you man­age your asthma and al­ler­gies and en­sure your trip goes as smoothly as pos­si­ble.

● Be care­ful around com­mon hol­i­day trig­gers like Christ­mas trees, out­door bar­be­cues and fires and prod­ucts like sun­screens and mos­quito re­pel­lents.

● Be­ing pre­pared and plan­ning ahead be­fore trav­el­ling is amust, in­clud­ing en­sur­ing you have enough med­i­ca­tion. Thiswill help make your hol­i­day mem­o­rable for the right rea­sons.

● Try to be care­ful around pets if that’s your trig­ger, and al­ways stay away from cig­a­rette smoke.

● Fi­nally, down­load the free My Asthma app for eas­ier asth­ma­man­age­ment.

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