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HUNDREDS of children and adults with asthma and allergies have been learning about their condition with the help of a group of local experts.

The event held by the University of Portsmouth featured talks from a GP, a hospital doctor, and a patient.

One in four people in the UK lives with asthma and allergies. The effects can be mild and seasonal or severely life-restricting.

Professor Tara Dean is director of research at the University and Honorary deputy director of the Asthma and Allergy Research Centre on the Isle of Wight.

She said: ‘We aimed to reach out to local families who suffer with asthma and allergies and help them realise they can have more control over their condition and their treatment plan and that their voice can be heard.’

Three children from local schools received prizes at the event after taking part in an art competition.

They were tasked with designing a poster showing what it looks like, or what it feels like, to live with asthma and allergies.