Category Archives: Asthma

How to Manage Your Asthma in Winter

Asthma Triggers in Winter

Cold winter airWinter and the cold weather can trigger asthma symptoms, increasing the risk of an attack. Around three-quarters of those with asthma in the UK agree that cold air worsens their symptoms. Staying indoors and sickness can also make it difficult to breathe properly during the winter months.

Read on to find out why your asthma symptoms may intensify during winter and what you can do to ease them. Read more

How to Manage Your Allergies at Christmas time

Dealing with allergies over Christmas

Christmas is nearly here! Although most people will be looking forward to mince pies, log fires and a glass of fizz, allergies can make it more difficult to enjoy. Here are some helpful tips on how to manage you or your child’s allergies, so that you can stuck into Christmas with everyone else.

Christmas Tree Syndrome

Child celebrating Christmas with a treeAlthough the name sounds comical, Christmas Tree Syndrome is a real illness that can really put a downer on your Christmas celebrations. It’s a respiratory condition caused by mould spores that thrive in the damp conditions evergreen trees grow in. Once brought inside, a warm house and central heating give the perfect environment for these spores to multiply.

During the festive season, people are more likely to keep doors and windows closed and have large groups of people in the house. This, coupled with small children and pets brushing against the tree, can spread spores to other rooms. Even wreaths or live foliage can produce a similar effect.

Reactions to the spores vary but can include coughing, wheezing, sore itchy eyes, a runny nose and laboured breezing. To minimise the amount of spores you come into contact with, always wash down your tree before bringing it inside. It can help to leave bringing in the tree until the last minute too – having it inside your house for over two weeks creates the perfect breeding ground and can give you the strongest reaction. If you chose an artificial tree, wash it down before using and again before packing it away for next year. Read more

Transformational Breath – Medically Approved Relief for Asthma

The ID band company provides a range of medical ID bands to asthma patients to help protect asthmatics during attacks and increase medical response speeds. However, we are also interested in equipping you with knowledge that can help you alleviate your suffering and cope better with asthma attacks when they do happen. Breathe stone Ronica

There is growing evidence suggesting the efficacy of meditation in health care and the field of stress management (Chiesa and Seretti, 2009) and some potency to enhance positive feelings (Chang et al., 2004) increase pain tolerance, and reduce anxiety (Wachholtz and Pargament, 2005).

The diaphragm is a muscle located horizontally between the chest cavity and stomach cavity. Learning to utilise this muscle can optimise the amount of oxygen drawn into your lungs and strengthen your respiratory system. Breathing exercises such as “diaphragmatic” breathing, can result in fewer asthma symptoms and a better quality of life according to the NHS.

Transformational Breath is a breathing technique that combines meditation and diaphragmatic breathing in one practice. The benefits this practice can provide for asthma sufferers as a complementary treatment cannot be overstated. That’s why we’ve invited Ronica Joshi, Founder of MindBodyFeelGood and a Certified Transformational Breath Facilitator to help explain its benefits to you.

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Multiple Health Condition Sufferer Receives Conflicting Medical Diagnoses

Multiple Health Condition Sufferer Receives Conflicting Medical Advice

When Paul Froggett, a 48 year old engineer from Leeds, started having serious pains in his side earlier this year, he knew something was very wrong.

Paul wearing his ID band bracelet

Paul wearing his ID band bracelet

Upon being taken to A&E, he was diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and a pulmonary embolism (PE). DVT is when blood clots form in the deeper veins of the body, occurring in places such as the legs, thighs and pelvis. Small pieces of these clots can break off and travel back to the heart through these deep veins, eventually ending up in the arteries of the lung, which is known as a PE.

Pulmonary embolisms occur in 30% of people with DVT, and cause 60,000 deaths annually, many of them unrecognized and labelled as heart attacks.

As well as this, Paul also suffers from asthma, which he’s had since 1971.

A Struggle to be Diagnosed

Paul struggled at first to get a diagnosis from doctors about his side pains.

“They hadn’t a clue about the PE and DVT when I talked to them about my symptoms before going to hospital. According to the doctors it was a pulled muscle in my side and physiotherapy would sort it out.

“After going to hospital I was given a chest x-ray and dye was put into my body to prove the clots were there.”

It took three days to receive a proper diagnosis for his PE and a prescription for Rivaroxaban, a blood thinner that stops blood clotting.

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When Managing Multiple Health Conditions, Never Give Up

When Managing Multiple Health Conditions, “Take Control and Never Give Up”

For Peter Haswell, 59, from the Wirral in Merseyside, managing multiple health conditions requires organisation and perseverance.

He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1973, and later with asthma in 2005 after feeling his chest tighten up whilst out on a run. Whilst his diabetes took only 24 hours to be diagnosed, his asthma took 7 days.

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Pictured above: Peter (far right) with his son Alexander, wife Ann and daughter Victoria

Being Diagnosed with Diabetes

Peter experienced symptoms of increased thirst and extreme tiredness before being diagnosed with the least common form of diabetes, type 1. He has daily insulin injections, but even with controlled treatment he’s had medical emergencies.

“On several occasions at work my blood sugars have got too low and I’ve needed help to recover.”

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90% of Asthma-Related Deaths Could be Prevented

90% of Asthma Deaths could be Prevented

In the UK, there are 5.4 million people living with asthma. That means this long-term condition affects one in five households.

According to Asthma UK, the leading charity for asthma sufferers, an estimated 90% of asthma-related deaths could be prevented and a further 75% of hospital admissions could be avoided. To help raise awareness this important issue, we’ve produced the following infographic.

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