Wednesday 7 December 2016

Asthmatic? Make sure you've an action plan

Published 19/05/2015 | 02:30

Asthma: Make sure you have an action plan
Asthma: Make sure you have an action plan

ASTHMA sufferers have been told to ensure they have an action plan to manage the disease which kills one person in Ireland every week.

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Asthma affects 470,000 people in Ireland, said Sharon Cosgrove, of the Asthma Society of Ireland.

Studies have shown that having an action plan in place reduces hospital admissions and emergency room visits. 79pc of visitors to asthma nurse clinics did not have an action asthma in place.

Ireland has the fourth-highest incidence of asthma in the world affecting one in 10 people and one in five children.

You are four times more likely to go to hospital with your asthma if you do not have an asthma action plan. This places additional strains on already overstretched hospitals that could be reduced substantially through improved access to asthma care at a community level.

Boots Ireland is offering to help people with the disease to draw up an action plan.

Boots healthcare development manager Susan O'Dwyer said: "Many parents and children could benefit from readily available asthma support services, including their local pharmacist or the Asthma Society of Ireland's Asthma Adviceline to better improve their asthma."

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