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Monday 24 October 2016

Back-to-school time can spark rise in asthma symptoms

Published 30/08/2016 | 02:30

Asthma is a controllable condition
Asthma is a controllable condition

Over 180,500 children with asthma are at increased risk of having to attend a hospital emergency department due to an asthma attack when they return to school.

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This is due to change in environment, plus exposure to colds and viruses, according to the Asthma Society of Ireland.

Pheena Kenny, the Asthma Society's health promotion manager, said asthma is a controllable condition and that with the right supports in place, many emergency situations can be avoided.

"Back-to-school time can be an exciting but often stressful time for many children," she said.

The Asthma Society is making available more free appointments with asthma nurse specialists on its advice line. Nurses will be on hand to offer tailored support and guidance to parents, guardians, teachers and school management on the dangers posed to children by the return to the classroom.

For information, freephone 1800 44 54 64, from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

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