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As The Cold Weather Commences Don’t Forget To Wrap Up, Especially If You’ve Got Asthma

7 December 2017

Wrapping up with scarf and gloves could help prevent asthma attacks as we head through the winter.

NHS South Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Vale Royal CCG are echoing Asthma UK’s Scarfie campaign, which encourages people to wear a scarf and take a selfie in a bid to help prevent asthma attacks, particularly with temperatures forecast to drop towards the end of this week.

How to avoid cold-related asthma attacks:

  • Carry your reliever inhaler with you at all times and keep taking your preventer inhaler as prescribed by your doctor 
  • Wear gloves, a scarf and a hat, and carry an umbrella
  • When outside wrap a scarf loosely around your nose and mouth, this will help to warm the air before you breath it in
  • Go for regular asthma reviews with your GP


Dr Phil Goodwin, GP and Governing Body Member at the CCGs, said: “Mum was always right - you’ve got to wrap up warm.

“The forecast is for it to be particularly cold. This is why it is important to plan ahead.If you’ve got asthma you need to make sure you’re wearing the appropriate clothing when venturing outside in frosty conditions. 

“Gloves, hats and scarfs are all recommended, as well as carrying a reliever inhaler with you at all times and regularly taking the preventer inhaler to help stop symptoms from occurring in the first place.”

To find out more about the Scarfie campaign, as well as how to reduce cold-related asthma attacks, visit the Asthma UK website - www.asthma.org.uk/scarfie

You can also find out more about Asthma as a condition at NHS Choices - www.nhs.uk/asthma