Many people who suffer from asthma also suffer from hay fever and asthma symptoms can get worse during the hay fever period.
Ireland has the fourth highest incidence of asthma in the world. There are around 470,000 people who suffer from asthma in Ireland and there are two asthma related deaths in Ireland every week.
Over 90% of asthma deaths are preventable.
- smoking and tobacco smoke
- animal hairs
- chest infections
- some drugs such as anti- inflammatories and beta blockers. Check with your local Haven Pharmacy
- moulds and fungal allergens
- food allergies
- Stop smoking
- Avoid being exposed to passive smoking
- Reduce weight if you are overweight.
- Avoid asthma triggers
- Improve your overall fitness although it’s important to consult your pharmacist or GP as exercise can sometimes be a trigger
- Make sure there are no damp areas in your house.
- Avoid certain medications. Consult your local Haven pharmacist
- Make sure you are using your inhalers properly
- Make sure you know the difference between the two types of inhalers: preventers and relievers
- Always rinse your mouth with water after you have used your inhaler as this helps prevent fungal infections
- When using an inhaler, do not obstruct the inhalation with your tongue or teeth
- Do not breathe out through the inhaler. This is a common error particularly for younger asthma sufferers
- Do not take your inhaler apart
- If you are using easi-breathe inhaler devices make sure you close them after each inhalation – and before you take a second inhalation
- Make sure the inhaler is not empty
- Improve your breathing exercises. (Try the Buteyko breathing exercises)
- Some asthma symptoms are also common in other chest conditions so it’s important you see your doctor first for an accurate diagnosis if you suspect you have asthma or you have any of the symptoms of asthma. Your doctor may prescribe inhalers and/or other medication such as steroids.
- Make sure you consult your doctor if you find yourself using the reliever inhaler frequently. You may need to have your medication reviewed or it may be just a simple matter of checking your inhaler technique.