Health

Thursday 21 August 2014

World Asthma Day, May 6

THERE'S a lot happening to mark World Asthma Day, May 6:

(1) The Asthma Society of Ireland and Boots Ireland will join forces to help parents and children 'breathe easy', with asthma management clinics throughout May.

World Asthma Day is a global initiative to raise awareness of the respiratory condition and the most effective ways to control and treat it. To mark the day, Boots Ireland will provide free 'Let's Breathe Easy' asthma consultations and support packs in its pharmacies nationwide throughout May and The Asthma Society of Ireland will hold clinics in shopping centres across Dublin from May 6-9. See below*.

For advice or support on asthma, or for further information about the asthma management clinics to be held nationwide, visit www.asthma.ie or www.boots.ie.

(2) World Asthma Day Straw Test: Members of the public are invited to take the 'straw test' on World Asthma Day, May 6, between 12.30-2pm at Boots pharmacy, St. Stephens Green Shopping Centre. People taking the Straw Test are asked to exercise on the spot for five minutes, then breathe through a straw whilst pinching their nose; this gives some idea of the challenges of having breathing difficulties, such as in the onset of an asthma attack.

*Asthma Society of Ireland Clinics:

May 6, 11am-4pm, Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, Dublin 15

May 7, 11am-4pm, LiffeyValley Shopping Centre, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

May 8, 11am-4pm, The Square, Towncentre, Tallaght, Dublin 24

May 9, 11am-4pm, Northside Shopping Centre, Coolock, Dublin 17

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