More than half of asthmatics are using their inhalers incorrectly
Some 300,000 Irish asthmatics are not using their inhalers properly, putting them at risk of serious asthma attacks or even death, according to new figures.
The Asthma Society of Ireland has said that up to 60pc of asthmatics in Ireland do not have their asthma under control due to incorrect inhaling techniques when using their medication.
Just under half-a-million Irish people suffer from asthma, one-in-five of those being children.
Asthma Society CEO Averil Power said 50 people die each year from the condition, with the majority of these cases preventable.
"Up to 50pc of all asthmatics don't use their inhalers correctly so don't have their asthma under control," Ms Power said.
"As a result someone ends up in A&E every 26 minutes with a serious asthma attack, and 50 people die each year from the condition.
"Tragically, the vast majority of these deaths could be prevented through proper asthma management," she added.
Boots, in association with the Asthma Society, is providing free 'Let's Breathe Easy' asthma consultations and support packs in its 83 pharmacies across Ireland for the full month of May.
The consultations will enable asthmatics to have their inhaling technique checked to ensure they are not wasting medicine.
Health Minister Simon Harris said: "With proper management, people with asthma can live full lives, symptom-free.
"However, poor asthma control leaves them at risk of having a serious attack at any time."