‘Wear a scarf’ to stop asthma attacks

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Image caption Covering the mouth and nose can help warm up air being breathed within by those with asthma

Asthma victims are being encouraged to wear a headscarf over their nose and mouth area to prevent asthma attacks this winter season.

Breathing in cold, wet air can make the airways then trigger an attack in three from four people, charity Asthma UNITED KINGDOM says.

This can keep people coughing, wheezing and gasping for breath.

The particular charity’s #Scarfie campaign states “a scarf can save a life” but it’s not a replacement for asthma medicines.

Four mil people with asthma in the UK say that inhaling cold winter air makes their own asthma symptoms worse.

Ethan Jennings, who is nearly 4, and from Lancashire, has had serious asthma symptoms since he was obviously a baby. In one year, he has been rushed to hospital 17 moments for treatment.

Their dad, Trevor, says winter is definitely a bad time for him.

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Image caption Ethan was 11 months aged when he first started gasping for breath

“When it gets cool, it’s bedlam, he’s more vulnerable to colds and that brings out his signs and symptoms. ”

The winter whenever he turned one was especially awful – “we nearly dropped him”, Trevor says.

Ethan spent a week in medical center fighting for his life previously being given all available treatments.

Since then, he has responded much better but his parents know that they need to be particularly vigilant in winter season.

“I’m just waiting around to hear a cough. He has not yet got the vocabulary to inform me his chest is restricted, but that is coming.

“In the meantime, anything we are able to do to protect him when he is outdoors – we do it. inch

‘Warm up the air’

Doctor Andy Whittamore, clinical lead from Asthma UK and a practising DOCTOR, said just going outside on the cold day could be life-threatening for most people with asthma.

“Living in the UK means that cold weather is not possible to avoid over winter, but if individuals have asthma, simply wrapping a shawl around their nose and mouth area can warm up the air before they will breathe it in, reducing their own risk of having an asthma attack.

“We are urging everybody – whether they have asthma or even know someone that does – to talk about the message that something as easy as a scarf could save the life. ”

In the united kingdom, 5. 4 million people have asthma and just over one million of these are children.

This past year, 1, 410 people died through asthma – 14 were kids.