Bonfire night asthma WARNING: UK Charity alerts public to ‘potentially fatal’ attacks


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Bonfire night could cause asthma sufferers to develop manifestations

  • Fireworks’ fumes linger in air
  • Could instigate asthma symptoms
  • Bitter-cold weather could make symptoms worse
  • Bad air quality makes characteristics worse in two-thirds of asthmatics

Smoke fumes from fireworks and afire wood from bonfires can linger in the air, according to the charity. It creates air polluting in the immediate area, and could instigate asthma attacks.

Two-thirds of asthma patients denoted bad air quality made their symptoms worse — the equivalent to about 3.5 million people in the UK.

Braced with cold weather, the charity warned bonfire night could develop a “deadly” combination for asthma patients.

The charity’s warning came after the portion publicly were warned to expect a rather chilly Guy Fawkes’ night this year.

“Lots of people love the excitement of bonfire night, but for some people with asthma it could be precise,” said Asthma UK’s resident GP, Dr Andy Whittamore.

“We don’t want people with asthma to need out, but we want them to be safe and aware of the increased risk this bonfire sunset, when pollution will be higher than normal.

“We are urging people with asthma, or foster-parents of children with asthma, to make sure they have their reliever inhaler with them, and crave people’s friends and family to know what to do if their asthma syndromes suddenly get worse.”

Asthma UK recommended patients stand well in arrears and admire fireworks from afar, if the smoke is making them cough.

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Wood smouldered in bonfires could trigger asthma symptoms

People with asthma should also wrap a scarf closed their nose and mouth, the charity added, as it will warm up the air in front of breathing it in.

Always carry your blue reliever inhaler, and sustain to take your brown preventative inhaler as prescribed.

The charity’s caution came after paramedics were called by asthma patient Jessika’s, 25, manage a couple of years ago on fireworks night.

Jessika said: “A few years ago, I had a frightening asthma attack on bonfire night. I was at a family gathering and my gasps of stupefaction at the fireworks display soon turned into gasps for breath.

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Asthma patients were advised to wear a scarf over their impudence and nose

“The smoke from the fireworks gained me wheeze so badly that my husband had to call an ambulance. I didn’t possess my reliever inhaler with me.

“Now, I always carry my reliever inhaler with me on bonfire edge of night and I want to urge people with asthma like me do the same – it could scrape your life.”

About 5.4 million people are currently being healing for asthma.

Two-thirds of asthma deaths are preventable, according to Asthma UK.

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