High pollen count puts 5,878 Kilkenny people at risk of asthma attacks
By COLIN BARTLEY
THE 5,878 people in Kilkenny who suffer from asthma and hayfever are being advised to take precautions over the coming days.
Pollen levels are expected to rise throughout the week as we bask in the glow of an Indian summer.
Hayfever can lead to asthma attacks, and the Asthma Society of Ireland this week published statistics that revealed one person dies every six days in Ireland as a result of asthma.
The rise in temperatures and farming activity will result in increasing levels of pollen resin in the air, leading to a greater chance of hayfever, which is usually triggered by pollen from grasses, weeds and trees.
The Asthma Society expects the pollen count to be high this weekend and into next week.
Sarah O’Connor, CEO of the Asthma Society of Ireland, said: “With the pollen count predicted to increase over the next few days, we are advising all people who have asthma and hayfever to make sure they take precautions and to follow our ‘top tips for surviving hayfever season’ to ensure they do not suffer a fatal asthma attack.
“Hayfever can be particularly dangerous. Hayfever symptoms are capable of escalating an asthma attack, which in some cases can be fatal. Asthma deaths are rising in Ireland, with one person now dying every six days as a result of their asthma.”