THE Asthma Society of Ireland is today officially launching its annual Hayfever Campaign for the 9,926 people who have both asthma and hayfever in Donegal.
The Asthma Society’s Hayfever Campaign includes the Pollen Tracker, kindly supported by Dyson, providing daily updates of pollen levels across the four provinces, and also predictions of pollen levels for the following day.
The Asthma Society is encouraging people with hayfever to visit the Pollen Tracker page on asthma.ie often, and to ensure their hayfever is well managed this summer.
Sarah O’Connor, CEO of the Asthma Society of Ireland, said: “For the majority of people who have hayfever, they may describe the condition as being annoying but would usually not described it as life-threatening.
“However, for the 304,000 people who have asthma and hayfever, unmanaged hayfever can be just that. Hayfever symptoms are capable of causing an asthma symptoms to escalate into a serious asthma attack, which in some case can be fatal. One person dies every week in Ireland from asthma.
“People with asthma need to ensure their hayfever is well managed throughout ‘Pollen Season’ which runs from now until September.
“Our Pollen Tracker on asthma.ie will allow people recognise the days that require additional precautions for managing their hayfever. For the 80% of people with asthma who also have hayfever, they should visit our Pollen Tracker daily. This page also has some great top tips for surviving hayfever season.”