Tuesday 23 October 2012
THUNDERSTORM ASTHMA ALERT
Do you wheeze and sneeze during springtime? The next four weeks or so may be a greater risk time for asthma suffers, according to Murrumbidgee Local Health District.
Murrumbidgee Local Health District reminds all people who wheeze and sneeze during spring that they could be at risk of an asthma event during a thunderstorm.
The high risk time for thunderstorms and elevated pollen counts are predicted to be from now until 18 November.
The Public Health Unit will be monitoring thunderstorm activity and pollen count levels and issuing alerts at high risk times.
Director of Public Health Tracey Oakman said: “Thunderstorms can trigger asthma attacks even in people who have not been diagnosed with asthma before. People who have asthma or hay fever and who are allergic to pollens, particularly rye grass pollen, are at greatest risk.”
“Anyone with diagnosed asthma should carry their asthma medication with them at all times during this high risk period,” she said.
“If you have asthma, try to stay inside when the storms are around to avoid airborne pollen which may trigger an asthma attack.”
“Thunderstorms cause pollen grains to explode and release fine particles; these fine particles can be inhaled into the lungs making even more people wheeze and sneeze,” Ms Oakman added.
Charles Sturt University has set up a SMS alert system when the pollen counts are high and thunderstorms are predicted, to register for this alert go to; www.csu.edu.au/asthma
If anyone experiences breathing difficulties it is essential to seek medical help immediately.
Media note: For further information, please contact Tracey Oakman, Director Public Health Unit, on mobile 0429 378 845.MLHD_-_Asthma_thunderstorm_Oct231.pdf (131 KB)