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Staffordshire asthma and hayfever sufferers warned about pollen

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: June 18, 2014

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SUFFERERS of hayfever and asthma in Staffordshire are being warned about high pollen counts this summer. The Met Office has issued very high spore and pollen forecasts for the next five days across the UK. They say high pollen counts could continue until October. Experts say the recent stormy weather has made the situation worse with thunderstorms known to cause a mixture of allergens in the air. The levels prompted have St John Ambulance to issue a warning for people to look out for others who may be struggling to breathe. National training officer Isobel Kearl said: "If someone you know feels an attack coming on keep them calm - panicking could make their breathing worse. "Help them into a comfortable breathing position and encourage them to use their inhaler if they have one. "If you're asthmatic and you know hay fever affects you, keep your inhaler with you at all times." Asthma UK deputy chief executive Samantha Walker warned vulnerable people, especially asthmatics, should check pollen levels and make sure they carry an inhaler. She said: "Thunderstorms can lead to asthma attacks in children who usually have mild asthma and even in children who have hay fever but who have previously not had asthma symptoms. "Everyone with asthma, especially those with asthma and hayfever must ensure they carry their reliever inhaler on them this weekend as they will be at an increased risk of a potentially life threatening asthma attack. "We recommend checking the weather and local pollen forecasts and knowing what to do if symptoms worsen."

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