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Thunderstorm Asthma – know the risks and what to do

Alerts have been released about pollen season and an increased risk of Thunderstorm Asthma over the coming days and weeks.
It is important that people with asthma or hay fever are aware of the risks of thunderstorm asthma and know what to do to stay well this season.
The Department of Health have developed information resources for the community about thunderstorm asthma.

What is thunderstorm asthma?
Thunderstorm asthma is thought to be triggered by a unique combination of high grass pollen counts and a certain type of thunderstorm. For people who have asthma or hay fever this can cause severe asthma symptoms, making it difficult to breath. October through to December is the higher risk period.

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Who is at risk?
Those who experience asthma or hay fever – especially those that experience wheezing or coughing.

More information about first aid for an asthma emergency
The better health channel has important information about what to do in the event of an asthma emergency, including the 4 steps of asthma first aid. If you or someone you know is at risk of an emergency asthma event, please make yourselves familiar with this advice and information.

In an emergency call triple zero (000).

cohealth asthma services
The cohealth Community Asthma Program provides free asthma education and support for children (under 18 years of age) with asthma and their families. Call 8301 8861 for more information or email the community asthma program.

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