The Asthma Society has issued a hay fever warning ahead of forecasted good weather
For most sufferers, hay fever is a nuisance. For some, it could be fatal.
That's the message from the Asthma Society of Ireland, which is urging the public to take precautions this weekend.
The forecast is for warm weather and a high pollen count. That means a greater risk of a deadly asthma attack, according to the society's CEO Sarah O’Connor.
Asthma-related deaths are on the rise in Ireland, she said.
"For the 304,000 people who have asthma and hayfever, hayfever can be particularly dangerous.
"Hayfever symptoms are capable of escalating an asthma attack, which in some cases can be fatal. Asthma deaths are rising in Ireland, with one person now dying every six days as a result of their asthma. In addition, people with hayfever experience symptoms which really compromise their quality of life and ability to enjoy the summer months."
People with hay fever and asthma should keep an eye on the pollen count throughout the weekend, the Asthma Society has advised.
Here are some further tips to help you manage symptoms and stay safe:
- Talk to a doctor or pharmacist now about preventative medication – don't wait until symptoms appear
- Close windows and doors, even at night
- Stay indoors as much as possible when the pollen count is high
- Stay away from grassy areas, especially when grass is freshly cut
- Put Vaseline around your nostrils to trap pollen
- Wear wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting into your eyes
- Shower, wash your hair and change your clothes if you have been outside for an extended period
- Avoid drying clothes outdoors, or shake them outdoors before bringing them in
- Minimise your contact with pets that have been outdoors and are likely to be carrying pollen
- Consider a purifier with a built-in air quality sensor to remove allergens and pollutants from the air
You can speak to a nurse on the Asthma Society’s free Joint Asthma and COPD Adviceline about your hay fever. The number is 1800 44 54 64.