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Asthma and Hay fever sufferers warned to take care as pollen levels skyrocket set to soar – RSVP Live
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Asthma and hay fever sufferers warned of potentially deadly ‘pollen bomb’ set to hit Ireland over Easter weekend
ASTHMA and hay fever sufferers are being warned of a potentially deadly “pollen bomb” which could cause life-threatening attacks.
Met Eireann ‘s pollen count forecast is showing high levels over the coming days as Ireland is set to scorch over the Easter weekend.
2 A pollen bomb is expected to hit Ireland this week as the weather brightens
The national forecaster warned: “With dry, settled and increasingly warm temperatures over the next few days the tree pollen risk will rise to high across all regions.”
Temperatures will rise tomorrow to 19C, before soaring to a glorious 21C on Friday.
And the weekend will see spells of sunshine which will bring the mercury into the 20s.
Asthma expert Sonia Munde said: “A deadly pollen bomb is due to hit this week, putting people with asthma at risk of a potentially life-threatening asthma attack.”
Alan O’Reilly of Carlow Weather explained why pollen is on the rise over the coming days, saying: “With high temperatures coming for the next few days the pollen will open up very quickly on the trees.
“Because it has been so wet people probably haven’t been suffering. But the increase in temperatures will bring with it a sudden increase in pollen.
“Rain was keeping the pollen at bay, but with the dry, hot, sunny weather the tress will expose a lot more pollen. So there will be a lot of pollen in the area for the next few days.”
Tips from Asthma Society of Ireland on how to survive hayfever season:
• Talk to doctor or pharmacist NOW about taking medication to prevent / reduce symptoms. Don’t wait until you feel unwell.
• Keep an eye daily on our pollen tracker on asthma.ie (Live in May 2019)
• Keep windows closed in your bedroom at night
• Keep windows and doors closed when the pollen count is high
• Stay indoors as much as possible on high pollen days
• Stay away from grassy areas, especially when grass is freshly cut
• Put Vaseline around your nostrils to trap pollen
• Wear wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting into your eyes
• Shower, wash your hair and change your clothes if you have been outside for an extended period
• Avoid drying clothes outdoors, or shake them outdoors before bringing them in
• Minimise your contact with pets who have been outdoors and are likely to be carrying pollen
• Consider a purifier with a built-in air quality sensor to remove allergens and pollutants from the air
Sarah O’Connor, CEO of the Asthma Society of Ireland said: “Project pollen levels are high in coming days and, with pollen levels rising earlier than last year, people with hayfever really need to start managing the condition now, especially those with hayfever and asthma.
“80 per cent of people with asthma also have hayfever . We have lots of information on asthma.ie on minimising hay fever symptoms for asthma patients, which for some people can cause a fatal asthma attack.
“Hayfever is very misunderstood in Ireland and people often dismiss you as a hypochondriac or simply a complainer when you mention it.
“As a hayfever sufferer, I can testify that it is a very debilitating condition that leaves you feeling really miserable and unwell.
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“The constant runny nose, itchy eyes and sneezing are extremely distracting, and the accompanying headache and fatigue have always really marked out the summer months for me. For me, it felt like a flu all summer long.”
Some tips to help prevent and/or reduce symptoms, include: keep windows closed in your bedroom at night, remaining indoors as much as possible, staying away from grassy areas, and putting Vaseline around your nostrils to trap pollen.
One person dies every five days here as a result of their asthma.
2 Asthma sufferers are being warned that the effects of pollen could be fatal
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1. His first taste of acting came in fifth grade.
Like more than a few of his colleagues, Peter Dinklage caught the acting bug as an adolescent, appearing in a lead role in a performance of The Velveteen Rabbit in fifth grade. “When you get your first solo bow, that feels pretty good,” Dinklage told People . Despite its lack of rabbits, he also credited watching Sam Shepard’s True West in 1984 as a major inspiration to pursue acting as a profession.
2. He refused to play stereotypical roles—even when money was tight.
When Dinklage was surviving the salad days in a New York City apartment filled with rats, he had offers to play elves and leprechauns, but he turned down those paychecks out of principle. It created a short-term setback (at least when it came to paying rent), but his tenacity eventually paid off with roles like the one in Elf that challenged clichés. He was even careful when Game of Thrones came calling, recognizing the way dwarves normally look in fantasy projects. “[Tyrion Lannister’s] somebody who turned that on its head,” he told The New York Times . “No beard, no pointy shoes, a romantic, real human being.”
3. He was in a punk-funk-rap band.
What does that genre blend sound like? Hard to say, but the band was called Whizzy, and they played CBGB, where Dinklage got the notable scar along the side of his face. “I was jumping around onstage and got accidentally kneed in the temple,” he told Playboy . “I was like Sid Vicious, just bleeding all over the stage. Blood was going everywhere. I just grabbed a dirty bar napkin and dabbed my head and went on with the show. We didn’t care much about personal safety.”
4. His mom told him he was going to lose the Golden Globe to Guy Pearce.
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Before Dinklage won the Golden Globe for Game of Thrones in 2012, he spoke with his mom back in New Jersey, who told him, “Have fun, but have you seen Mildred Pierce ? Guy Pearce is so good. He’s gonna win.” He wryly noted how moms keep us all humble.
5. He is an outspoken vegetarian.
Dinklage has been a vegetarian since childhood, and he has used his fame as a platform to speak out on animal rights issues. That includes telling Game of Thrones fans to stop adopting Huskies after the breed’s popularity (and abandonment rate) shot through the roof thanks to the show’s dire wolves.
6. He starred in the same movie twice.
In Death at a Funeral , Dinklage played Peter, the American man who surprises a family by showing up at the patriarch’s funeral claiming to be the old man’s lover. Directed by Frank Oz with a stellar British ensemble, the movie was popular enough to warrant an American remake , and Dinklage returned to play the same role with a completely different cast and Neil LaBute as director.
7. He saw a stranger die.
One morning in Los Angeles, Dinklage was walking down Melrose Avenue when he met eyes with a man on a motorcycle who pulled out into traffic, got hit by a car, and died. “It was in the morning, so there was no one around, you know?” he told Esquire . “It was empty, so there was this quiet moment where it was like I was the only person in the world who knew this guy was dead.”
8. The sword fights on Game of Thrones don’t make him feel cool.
Smiting foes on the field of battle would be enough to make a lot of actors feel powerful, but not Dinklage. “The fight scenes are all a big lie,” he told Playboy . “The whole time you’re trying not to get hit in the eye with a sword, and you wish you had on a welding helmet.” To drive the point home, he explained one shot where he cuts a knight’s leg off involved him swinging a blunt sword at a 70-year-old amputee.
9. He grew up next to Bruce Springsteen’s manager.
Dinklage’s family’s next-door neighbor in Brookside, New Jersey, was The Boss’s manager, which meant Springsteen regularly played guitar just one house down. Dinklage’s parents also heard Springsteen play at a wedding in a surfboard factory but complained that he was “too loud.”
10. He reads his Game of Thrones scripts in a special way.
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Specifically, he reads them backwards . “The first thing I really do when I get the scripts is I go to the last page of the last episode and then look backward until I find my name to see if I survive,” he told Entertainment Weekly .
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