21 September 2020
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Learn about how a person with asthma may be affected during a thunderstorm asthma event

Grass pollen season brings the chance of thunderstorm asthma.

For people with asthma or hay fever - especially those who experience wheezing or coughing with their hay fever, it can be sudden, serious and even life threatening.

If you’ve ever had asthma – talk to your doctor about what you need to do to protect yourself this pollen season.

Get an up to date asthma action plan and remember, taking an asthma preventer properly and regularly is key to preventing asthma, including thunderstorm asthma.

Make sure you treat any hay fever, and always carry your reliever medications with you  - which are available from your pharmacy.

It’s best to avoid being outside during thunderstorms from October through December – especially in the wind gusts that come before the storm. Stay inside and close your doors and windows.

If you develop asthma symptoms, follow your asthma action plan, or if you don’t have one yet, follow the 4 steps of asthma first aid.    

Protect yourself this pollen season.

Managing asthma and allergies matters.

Visit betterhealth.vic.gov.au for more information. 

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