Record-breaking temperatures across Europe could affect thousands of asthma or hay fever sufferers going on holiday this summer, the Asthma Society of Ireland has warned.
Temperatures are set to soar in the coming days across Europe with heatwaves expected across the globe.
The Asthma Society of Ireland has urged some 31,000 people in Cork who have both asthma and hay fever to take precautions when going on holiday this summer.
“For the 31,021 people in Cork who have both asthma and hay fever, hay fever can be particularly dangerous,” explained Sarah O’Connor, CEO of the ASI.
“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 dying every six days as a result of their asthma,” she added.
“In addition, people with hayfever experience symptoms which really compromise their quality of life and ability to enjoy the summer months.
“If you or a family member have asthma and/or asthma please call the free Asthma and COPD Adviceline to speak to an experienced respiratory nurse who will be able to advise you on how to stay safe on your holidays.” The ASI has also warned that the pollen count in Ireland is particularly high at the moment.
The ASI has teamed up with Dyson Ireland to launch its Pollen Tracker on asthma.ie.
The tracker provides an update of pollen levels across the four provinces each day, and a predictor of the pollen levels for the following day.
“With a heatwave across Europe and high pollen count in Ireland, we are asking people with asthma to take precautions to ensure the safest enjoyment of this weather,” added Ms O’Connor.