Friday 9 December 2016

Asthma action plan essential

Published 07/07/2015 | 02:30

One in 10 Irish adults and one in five children has asthma - so they are bound to be among the crowds attending festivals and outdoor events this summer.

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The Asthma Society advises people with the condition attending festivals be prepared.

Have a plan in place to manage your asthma or hay fever and know where the medical tents are.

Remember your medication - bring a backup supply if attending a festival or event

Eat well, avoid or reduce alcohol intake and never smoke.

Tell your friends, make sure they know what to do in an emergency, and ask them to pitch your tent as pollen and spores may be disturbed by this activity.

Have an asthma attack card with you at all times, available at asthma.ie/emergency.

Possible triggers for hay fever include weather changes, pollen, moulds, dust, air pollutants such as cigarette smoke, aerosols and dry ice, exercise and alcohol - all of which are common at a festival or outdoor event.

You can check daily pollen levels either at Asthma.ie or by using the organisation's free iPhone app. If symptoms don't improve, call a doctor or 999/112. If you don't have an inhaler, go straight to the medical tent.

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