Swine flu advice for people with asthma

People with asthma could become unwell if they contract swine flu and their condition is not well-controlled, Asthma UK has warned.

The charity emphasised that adults and children with asthma are no more likely to contract swine flu than the rest of the population.

People with asthma should, however, ensure that they have adequate supplies of their regular medicines as they may become unwell if they contract the virus, Asthma UK said.

Cher Piddock, clinical lead at the charity, stressed the importance of people with asthma continuing to take all their medicines.

‘Some people with asthma stop using their preventer medicine as they don't feel any immediate benefit, but it's actually the most important medicine that you can use to prevent an asthma attack,' she said.

‘Preventer medicine controls the swelling and inflammation in the airways and stops them from being so sensitive, but the protective effect builds up over a period of time so you need to take it every day, even when you're feeling well.'

tom.moberly@haymarket.com

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