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Safeguard against thunderstorm asthma this spring

Spring brings not only flowers and burgeoning crops but also an unseen danger known as Thunderstorm Asthma. This rare yet life-threatening condition results from a combination of thunderstorms and high grass pollen. Symptoms mimic regular asthma – wheezing, tight chest, cough – and can potentially be mistaken for undiagnosed asthma. Those with a history of asthma or spring hay fever or allergies face higher risks of having an episode of Thunderstorm Asthma.

Here are a few things you can do to prepare for Thunderstorm Asthma season this Spring:

Stay Protected & Prepare ahead

Ensure your asthma action plan is up to date and always carry rescue medication. Consult a healthcare provider if asthma or hay fever concerns arise as early intervention is vital. During pollen season, minimise outdoor exposure where possible, especially before storms when pollen rides the wind. Secure indoor spaces by closing windows and doors.

COVID-19, Flu and More

COVID-19, Influenza, hay fever, and asthma symptoms can overlap. If unsure, get a COVID test and stay home. In difficult situations, when asthma symptoms worsen suddenly with no relief medication at hand, don’t hesitate to call triple zero (000).

Be Prepared

Be alert to Thunderstorm asthma and be ready. Maintain year-round asthma and hay fever care and planning. Knowledge is your armour – stay aware and breathe easier, knowing you are prepared to ride a stormy spring.

This information has been provided by Better Health Channel and the Department of Health.