Asthma UK is urging Scottish people to follow its life-saving health advice as it estimates 200,000 people are at risk of an asthma attack amid the cold and blustery weather. 

As we brace ourselves for snow and ice with Storm Dennis - having just about recovered from Storm Ciara - Asthma UK is warning those with the life-threatening condition to be vigilant and follow their health care advice. 

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A survey conducted by the charity has revealed that cold weather is a trigger for more than half of people with the health condition in Scotland.

As cold air enters the airways, which are inflamed because of asthma, it triggers them to go into spasm; causing asthma symptoms like coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath.

The charity is urging those who suffer from the condition to bring their inhaler out with them, wear a scarf and be cautious when symptoms flare up and to seek help straight away.

Their research shows that 35,000 Scottish children could also be at risk of a potentially deadly asthma attack, as temperatures plummet to below freezing this week.

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Glasgow Times:

Dr Andy Whittamore, Asthma UK’s Clinical Lead and a practising GP said: “Winter can be a dangerous and miserable time of the year for people with asthma, as plummeting temperatures can put them at risk of a life-threatening asthma attack.

"But children and adults at risk of an asthma attack this winter should be able to join in with winter activities if they follow simple life-saving advice.

“If you or your child has asthma, this winter it is essential you make sure you’re taking all your medicines as prescribed, and keep an eye out for signs your asthma is getting worse, so that you see your GP urgently and cut your risk of going to hospital with a potentially fatal asthma attack."

For advice and tips on how to look after your asthma this winter click here.