Be prepared for asthma
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.