A ‘toxic cocktail’ of pollen, storms and heat may put millions of asthma sufferers at risk in the coming days.
Met Office analysts have predicted very high pollen levels until at least Monday, as well as a mix of thunderstorms and hot weather.
All are known triggers for the UK’s 3million asthmatics.
The coming triple threat prompted charity Asthma + Lung UK to today urge people with asthma to be on their guard.
Emma Rubach, from the charity, said: ‘Pollen can inflame the airways of those with asthma, triggering symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, and breathlessness.
‘Stormy weather can make this even worse, as it breaks the pollen down into much smaller particles, which are then inhaled deeper into the lungs.’
She added: ‘Hot weather can trigger asthma symptoms for some people, too.
‘The causes are not clear, but it is thought to be because hot air causes the airways to narrow, leading to coughing and shortness of breath.
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