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Asthma sufferers putting lives at risk

10th April 2012

A poll of over 1,000 people has found that one third of people with asthma are admitted to Accident & Emergency as a result of their condition.

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The survey, which was carried out by Lloyds Pharmacy, found that almost a fifth of respondents (18%) said they had not been to see their GP for a check up in the last 12 months.

Over one third said they were using medicine which was not in date, while more than half admitted to borrowing a friend's inhaler when they needed one.

Professor Neil Barnes, an asthma expert at Barts and The London NHS Trust, said: "Most people with asthma should be able to live a normal and unrestricted life if their asthma is under control."

"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."

The charity Asthma UK said they estimated that up to 90% of the 1,131 deaths from the condition in 2009 were "preventable".

Professor Barnes added that people with asthma needed to be "better educated" regarding the dangers of not managing the condition.

"More regular check-ups will mean that people can monitor their asthma more closely and be prepared to take action in the event of an attack." 

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