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People urged to carry inhalers with them.
Patients and members of the public with lung conditions are urged to carry their inhalers and medication with them avoid a trip to the Emergency Department in the humid weather.
NHS Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland PCT Cluster and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust is reminding people that breathing conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) can worsen in humid weather conditions.
The emergency department at Leicester Royal Infirmary historically sees an increase in the numbers of people needing treatment for breathing difficulties relating to humidity.
Julian Mallinson, consultant in public health for the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland PCT Cluster, said: “It is important people manage lung conditions such as asthma and COPD carefully as to prevent the onset of breathing difficulties when they are out enjoying themselves in the warm weather. “Experiencing difficulties breathing can be a frightening experience so we urge people to talk to their GP or pharmacy to get advice on how to best manage their condition.” Ben Teasdale emergency department consultant: “We know that periods of hot weather and humidity can aggravate people’s asthma and COPD. Remembering to manage your medication and carrying it with you when you leave the house can prevent the worsening of breathing conditions.”
For more information on how to manage lung conditions in humid weather ask your GP or pharmacist or visit NHS Choices website at www.nhs.uk.