Asthma sufferers at risk, says poll

13 April 2012 09:37

More than half of young people surveyed reported having to borrow a friend's inhaler in an emergency

More than half of young people surveyed reported having to borrow a friend's inhaler in an emergency

One in three asthmatics are admitted to casualty wards because of asthma attacks and many are not taking adequate care of themselves, research has shown.

Among young people, more than half of those polled reported having to borrow a friend's inhaler in an emergency after misplacing theirs, while more than a third have used an inhaler with an expired use-by date.

With summer almost upon us the findings from Lloyds Pharmacy hit home the importance of travel insurance with medical conditions for people suffering from asthma.

The survey of more than 1,000 participants found that nearly a fifth of asthmatics had not been to their doctor for a check-up in 2011.

Professor Neil Barnes, an asthma expert at Barts and The London NHS Trust, said most asthma sufferers should be able to control their condition and live "a normal and unrestricted life".

He added: "However, on a day-to-day basis, I see what can happen when you don't control your asthma effectively and it can be very frightening and, in some cases, even life-threatening."

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