World Asthma Day

World Asthma Day is the first Tuesday in May and aims to increase asthma awareness. According to the Asthma Society of Ireland, nearly 1 in 10 people have asthma in Ireland, and Ireland has the fourth highest rate of asthma in the world.

Although asthma symptoms are generally known to worsen in colder weather, there are certain things you should look out for in the spring and summer, too.

The following are all known to aggravate asthma symptoms:

  • Humidity
  • Temperature change
  • Strong wind
  • Increased pollutants and mould
  • Pollen

As all of these elements are prevalent in the spring and summer, it’s important to make sure your asthma is being managed correctly. Here are some tips from our medical director Dr. Mooney to help you manage:

  1. Have a plan. Managing your asthma is vitally important. Talk to your doctor regularly and formulate a plan that best suits your needs to contain your asthma.
  2. Stick to the plan. Make sure you are taking your medicines exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
  3. Keep your blue inhaler – reliever or rescue inhaler – with you always. It is very important that you know how to use your inhalers and their specific functions.
  4. Make sure your asthma is under control. If you are unsure, check out the link below from


If you are worried that you do not have your asthma under control, the Asthma Society of Ireland is an amazing resource, and they have an asthma control test that is well worth checking out. If you are really concerned, please visit your local GP or book an online video consultation with one of our doctors.


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