Five experts, five tips: How to maintain good respiratory health

Good asthma control can eliminate flare-ups and reduce symptoms, allowing patients to live life to the full

The delicate tissues of our lungs are directly connected to the outside environment and anything we breathe in will affect them. Photograph: iStock

The delicate tissues of our lungs are directly connected to the outside environment and anything we breathe in will affect them. Photograph: iStock

Dr Dermot Nolan

GP in Tramore, Co Waterford, and the HSE/ICGP national clinical lead for asthma

Eight per cent of adults and 10 per cent of children have asthma and Ireland has the fourth-highest rate of asthma in the world. The cause of asthma is not fully understood, but is thought to be multifactorial, with genetics, environment and possibly increased hygiene playing a part. We do know that children growing up on farms have lower rates of asthma. It’s important for children to play outdoors and get exposed to the usual germs.

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