Millions of asthma sufferers issued urgent warning ahead of Bonfire Night weekend

An urgent warning has been issued to millions with asthma ahead of this weekend.

They have been urged to protect themselves to avoid a deadly attack on bonfire weekend.

Particles of smoke caused by fireworks and bonfires could trigger symptoms in three million asthma sufferers – making it hard for them to breathe.

An estimated one in every 12 adults. out of 5.4million sufferers in the UK are being treated for the breathing condition.

Not every sufferer will be affected by the smoky atmosphere as everyone with asthma has different has different triggers which set off an attack

Smoke particles can aggravate airways and those with the condition can experience inflammation and tightening of their throat and airways.

They can prompt coughing and wheezing and could cause a fatal asthma attack.

Three people die from an asthma attack in the UK, according to Asthma UK which has urged those with the condition start using their brown inhaler now if they celebrating bonfire night.

By using the preventer inhaler this will help them build up protection in their airways over time so that if they do come into contact with smoke, they are less likely to have symptom.

They are advised to stand well back from bonfire or fireworks and ensure they have blue inhaler with them to relieve symptoms.

More than 1200 people contacted Asthma UK’s helpline last year despite displays being cancelled because of coronavirus -1>coronavirus restrictions and curbs in organised events

And The Sun reports that more than 7,600 people in November 2018 were admitted to hospital with asthma.

Community carer, Kayleigh Robus, from West Sussex was playing with her daughter when she suddenly felt her chest tighten.

She said: “I rushed inside the house and took puffs on my inhaler which helped at first but it wasn’t enough and I was struggling to breathe. I couldn’t breathe in or out, I couldn’t speak, I couldn’t do anything. It was horrific.

“I spent five days in hospital before I could come home. It was such a terrifying experience and if it hadn’t been for Imogen, I would have died.”

Jessica Kirby, head of health advice at Asthma UK warned an asthma attack could result in a hospital stay.

Increased smoke in the air, she said can cause wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath or an asthma attack.

“The good news is if people follow our top tips such as taking their preventer inhaler (usually brown) as prescribed, keeping their reliever inhaler (usually blue) with them and making sure their family and friends know what to do if they have an asthma attack, they shouldn’t have to miss out on festivities.”