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#AskAboutAsthma

#AskAboutAsthma is back for 2022. Now in its sixth year the campaign is about making simple changes to children and young people’s care that will make a big difference to how they experience their asthma.

#AskAboutAsthma

Purpose of the event

The aim of the campaign is to improve the health of those who live with asthma and help them to get an asthma action plan in place, to increase understanding of how to use inhalers correctly and ensure asthma reviews are scheduled every year and after every attack.

For 2022 there's a new ask:

During this year’s campaign we are asked to consider air pollution and its impact on lung health – it is important to consider the impact that indoor and outdoor air pollution can have in every conversation on asthma.

Around two thirds of people with asthma say that exposure to air pollution makes their asthma worse and increases the risk of an asthma attack. By reducing air pollution, we can help us all to breathe easier.

For 2022, the #AskAboutAsthma campaign will run next week from 3rd – 9th of October, due to the rise in asthma attacks seen in September when students go back to school after their summer holidays.

How does air pollution worsen asthma?

Air pollution can quickly irritate the airways, especially in built up urban areas where roads are always busy. Particulate matter (which is part of air pollution) is small enough to get directly into the lungs – these two factors combined pose a risk to those with asthma and could contribute to triggering an asthma attack.

Air pollution is a risk factor for everyone with asthma, but there are some groups that are even more susceptible, these include; children and young adults due to their fast breathing rate and the development of their lungs, older people especially those with long terms conditions such as COPD and heart conditions, people with severe or hard to control asthma and people with hay fever.

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How can I act?

We can all help in reducing air pollution by making more active, sustainable journeys that reduce air pollution. One way is to take public transport, cycle or walk instead of using a car. But we can also thing about driving in a more environmentally minded way, try our eco driving tips for example.

You could even pledge to #activecommute or to take one less car journey on the dare section of our website.

How to get involved in #AskAboutAsthma

To support the campaign, develop your knowledge and understanding of children and young people’s asthma by joining the #AskAboutAsthma conference and webinars, these are listed below along with the relevant links to register:

Monday 3rd October: Ask the experts webinar

Tuesday 4th October: How pharmacy can improve equitable access to asthma care webinar

Wednesday 5th October: One-day conference

Thursday 6th October: How nurses can help address health inequalities in asthma care webinar

Friday 7th October: Children & young people’s asthma update for primary care webinar

See the 2022 webpage for more information and the full campaign week schedule including blog posts and podcasts: www.healthylondon.org/ask-about-asthma-2022.