‘Mild’ asthma continues to be fatal – ignore symptoms at your peril
The first national study of asthma deaths in the UK, which looked at deaths from asthma in 2012-13, showed that sufferers were dying unnecessarily due to complacency amongst patients and medical personnel.
The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) said sufferers and medics must be better at recognising the danger signs.
Of the 200 deaths due to asthma during the period, over half were considered to be mild or moderate cases of asthma. Many patients were increasing the use of their blue inhalers which are designed to relieve symptoms, when in reality they needed to visit their GP to have their treatment reviewed and increased.
Another survey run by Asthma UK released more recently showed that two out of three deaths were avoidable in 2014.
Four out of ten cases of adult asthma are related to the workplace. In cases of occupational asthma, symptoms are provoked by working conditions, and many occupations can be affected, from bakers to hairdressers, dentists and florists. Often, sufferers only realise they have occupational asthma when they spend significant time away from work and discover an alleviation in their symptoms.
If you notice wheezing, or you tire easily compared to others when exerting yourself, you should contact your GP.
Employers have a duty of care and are responsible for the health and safety of their staff members. If they breach their legal obligation, this can have a devastating effect on both the business and its employees.
If you are exposed to asthmagens because of your job or your workplace doesn’t have proper ventilation and safety procedures in place, this can lead to the onset or worsening of occupational asthma. As this respiratory disease is a frightening and life threatening condition that can affect your ability to work in the future, you may be entitled to claim for compensation.
To discuss occupational asthma causes and your compensation claim with an industrial disease specialist, contact Roberts Jackson on 0800 001 4496.
Asthma UK invites you to improve your asthma symptoms
You are invited to join Asthma UK’s free 12-Week Asthma Support Programme to get asthma help straight to your phone, starting in September.
“People tell us the 12-Week Asthma Support Programme has given them confidence and a new sense of control over their asthma symptoms,” says Kristina Leonnet, Programme Manager.
To sign up participants need to be aged 18-67, living in England, and have had an asthma attack needing hospitalisation and/or oral steroids in the last 12 months.
The programme is built to cut people’s risk of another asthma attack through tip-filled emails, motivating texts and support from advisors.