MILLIONS are at risk of suffering a deadly asthma attack this weekend as the grass pollen season gets underway, experts warned. Sizzling hot weather and rising pollen levels are expected across Britain on Saturday, according to forecasters. But the “killer” combination could leave those with asthma vulnerable to a potentially fatal attack. Medics from Asthma UK warn that high levels of pollen in the air can “inflame” the airways and spark life-threatening symptoms for sufferers. It comes at the start of the grass pollen season, which will peak over the next two weeks in England and Wales. Killer combo Dr Andy Whittamore, GP and Clinical Lead at Asthma UK, said: “The deadly combination of hot weather, widespread thunderstorms and rising levels of grass pollen this weekend could put more than 3 million people with asthma at risk of a potentially fatal asthma attack.”When pollen is in the air it can inflame people’s airways, triggering asthma symptoms. “Stormy weather can make it worse as it breaks the pollen into much smaller particles, which are then inhaled more deeply into the lungs. “If you have asthma and are already noticing more symptoms because of hay fever, such as coughing, a tight chest… Read full this story
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