Number of asthma sufferers on the rise across the UK

Number of asthma sufferers on the rise across the UK

The health charity Asthma UK lists the most common asthma symptoms as: shortness of breath even when not exercising; chest tightness or pain; trouble sleeping caused by shortness of breath or cough; whistling or wheezing when exhaling; and coughing or wheezing attacks. 

Our research uncovered that the number of people suffering with these tell-tale asthma symptoms has doubled in the past five years – while just 6% of people said they experienced these problems in 2012, the figure stands at 12% today, representing 6.2 million people across the country affected by these issues.

What’s more, we found that 9% of all UK adults who say they have never been diagnosed with asthma still suffer from the major symptoms on a regular basis – that’s 3.7 million potential asthmatics who are without any form of medical treatment for the problem.

Earlier this year figures were released which showed that air pollution in London was higher than the levels recorded in Beijing, with Mayor Sadiq Khan saying that the capital’s “filthy air” is now a “health crisis”. Our research has revealed that such levels of air pollution in urban areas are affecting both asthmatics and those who haven’t even been diagnosed with asthma, with both groups stating that they find asthma symptoms more common when they are in cities.

Furthermore, with the UK now in the peak of summer, the study showed that people’s asthma problems are becoming far more acute at this time of year. According to 47% of asthma sufferers and even 49% of non-asthma sufferers, their symptoms become worse during the summer months.

Accordingly to Asthma UK, every ten seconds someone in the UK has a potentially life-threatening asthma attack and three people die every day. 

So whether you have been diagnosed as an asthmatic or haven’t but still suffer from the major symptoms listed above; whether you experience these issues in summer or all year round, in cities or anywhere you go; it’s vital that you have the correct medical treatment to hand.

Be sure to speak to your pharmacist, GP or doctor if you’re affected by any of these problems and would like medical advice on how to combat them.

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