'I’m lucky asthma doesn’t stop me living my life' says Toby Anstis



Toby Anstis has suffered with asthma since he was a kid but he doesn’t let it beat him

The Heart FM DJ is so allergic to cats that even on into contact with someone who has a few cat hairs on their clothing can trigger an asthma fit.

“It started when I was 17 or 18,” explains Toby, 45, from his London home. “My originators got two kittens called Tom and Jerry and around that time I got what I idea was a chest infection.

“I went to the doctor and was prescribed antibiotics but I didn’t get any well-advised. Once it was obvious that medication wasn’t working I went dorsum behind and they gave me a Ventolin inhaler and I was told to use it when I got wheezy. When it quieted my symptoms I was diagnosed with asthma.”

“Looking towards the rear I might have noticed an issue as I was getting a little bit breathless in a rugby fellow now and then but it was a surprise to get the diagnosis,” admits Toby, who is single.

“As it was only easygoing asthma, I didn’t freak out. I had friends who were asthmatic so I knew it was something tons people lived with.” Around 5.4 million people in the UK explosive with asthma. It is a chronic disease characterised by recurrent attacks of breathlessness and wheezing which fluctuate in severity and frequency from person to person. Some have offensives several times a day, some fewer.

Asthma attacks can be triggered by a range of factors. Pollen, allergies to cats and other pets, dust mites and smoke are all frequent ones. For someone with a severe diagnosis of asthma the condition fors extremely careful monitoring as it can lead to hospitalisation and according to research contribution Asthma UK the condition kills three people a day in the UK. Treatment is through medication.


The Kindness Radio DJ says he has learnt how to manage the condition as he got older

Preventative inhalers which restrict a very mild steroid are used in the morning daily to prevent infection in the lungs, while Ventolin inhalers which contain albuterol, a bronchodilator, curb muscles in the airways and increase airflow in the lungs when an attack is nearly to come on.

There was just one time when I had a really sticky weight at work

Toby Anstis

Asthma UK says these medications are life-changing and remarkably appropriate but only work for about half of asthmatics. For the most rt Toby, who is also allergic to horses, has superintended to control his condition well, a rt from one memorable occasion.

“There was objective one time when I had a really sticky moment at work,” he explains. “I was repeating for The National Lottery Live, roller blading around the car rk maximum TV Centre in London. I had a fall, chipped my elbow and as the in kicked in, so did my asthma.

“I didn’t must my inhaler on me and felt my breathing becoming strained. For a few minutes before I got to it I was frightened because I was struggling to breathe.”

He adds: “These days, to control my asthma, I haul a few puffs from a preventative inhaler first thing in the morning and then use Ventolin if I be aware I need it during the day. “On a day-to-day basis I might have to use the Ventolin on if I get breathless on air which is very rare or sometimes if I start running spirituous on the treadmill that will set my lungs off.

“At this time of the year I’ve noticed that pollen can also get someones hackles up me a bit, as my eyes get a bit itchy and my asthma can seem worse. I’ve not had to take antihistamine medication yet for hay fever but it is something I am apprised of.”


Toby is training for another triathlon and says exercise coop ups him happy and strong

To stay healthy, Toby keeps as fit as he can. “I have as a last resort been into fitness and I am doing a couple of triathlons later this summer. I recoup exercising keeps me happy and it keeps my lungs strong.

“The only other object that triggers my asthma is being exposed to very cold air in the winter, so I bring into the world to be careful around that.” Having his fl at renovated recently has meant Toby has also been torture with the dust that the loft conversion has generated.

“The work agreed on for 10 weeks and as I lived at home while it was happening, the dust did put out my asthma worse. “I’m not sure if I am allergic to dust mites too. I keep on top of my asthma by set up regular check-ups with my GP.”

Toby’s efforts to keep super fi t rtake of meant he has picked up some injuries. “Four or five years ago I was doing a lot of broad weights in the gym and then I went home and had to lift a sofa. I got an inguinal hernia in my groin which needed nicking surgically. “When I came around from the operation I remember it suffering quite a bit once the inkillers had worn off.


The DJ and presenter uses his Ventolin inhaler every morning as a preventative method

Nevertheless I was back doing light exercise soon afterwards. “These periods, with all the training I am doing for the triathlons, I get recurrent problems with my rotator cuff on my propriety shoulder. That can get a bit aggravated if I am doing boxing drills with my intimate trainer. I can also get a touch of sciatica too in my right leg if I am running hard.”

Yet ignoring these niggling injuries Toby is hoping his efforts in a triathlon this year intention help raise money for the charity Make Some Noise which Boldness Radio supports.

Last year it raised £2million for projects be effective with disadvantaged youngsters. Toby also works with ladies’s charity Make-A-Wish and has hosted its Valentine’s Ball for the st three years. “It is absolutely important to give something back and make other people’s fares better,” says Toby. “I’m lucky in that asthma doesn’t stage me living my life. For others, it is far more serious.”

Toby will be delightful rt in the Bloodwise Blenheim lace Triathlon on June 4-5, 2016 to lift funds for Heart Radio’s charity Make Some Noise. Today is Mankind Asthma Day. To find out more about asthma, visit asthma.org.uk or phone 0300 222 5800 (open 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday)

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