Holidays lead to ‘spike’ in asthma cases

A child with asthma - pic posed by model
A child with asthma - pic posed by model

CHILDREN with asthma in Wigan are at increased risk of attacks when they go back to school in September because of poor care over the summer a charity has warned.

Asthma UK says the holidays often see a relaxation of medication regimes.

The warning comes as it was revealed that cases are rising higher in Wigan than in the rest of the country.

Figures released by the pharmaceutical firm Novartis found that cases are increasing by 6.57 per cent in Wigan borough - higher than the national rate of 5.9 per cent.

The “September spike” happens every year, it suggests, with attacks brought on by exposure to common triggers such as cold and flu viruses. The charity says 75 per cent of admissions could be avoided if medication was taken properly.

Over five million people in the UK suffer from asthma; 1.1 million are children. Asthma kills approximately 1,000 people in the UK each year, 90 per cent of which are preventable.

Dr Sanjay Wahie, Wigan Borough CCG’s clinical executive lead for medicines management said: “Wigan Borough CCG recognises that it has a higher prevalence of asthma compared to the national average.

“We would encourage all our asthmatic patients to attend their asthma reviews when invited by their surgery to monitor their symptoms.”