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'Wear a scarf' to stop asthma attacks


'Wear a scarf' to stop asthma attacks

Asthma sufferers are being encouraged to wear scarves over their nose and mouth to prevent asthma attacks this winter. Breathing in cold, damp air can make the airways tighten and trigger an attack in three out of four people, charity Asthma UK says.

Asthma sufferers are being encouraged to wear scarves over their mouths and noses this winter as experts say breathing in cold air can increase their risk of an attack.

Asthma UK wants people to take “scarfies” this winter, encouraging asthma sufferers to take photos in scarves then post the selfie to social media to spread awareness of their campaign.

The campaign is in its third year and Asthma UK is encouraging people to use the #scarfie hashtag to once again spread the message “a scarf could save a life”.

Around four million people – three quarters of those with asthma in the UK – say that breathing in cold winter air exacerbates their symptoms, which increases their risk of an attack.

- Source: BBC News, Yahoo News UK

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