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.
It’s important for everyone in the community to know the 4 steps of asthma first aid.
The most common symptoms of asthma are wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and coughing.
If you think someone is having an asthma attack:
Step 1: Sit them upright.
Step 2: Shake the blue or grey reliever puffer and give them 4 separate breaths - using a spacer if available.
Step 3: Wait 4 minutes and give 4 more puffs if the person cannot breathe normally.
Step 4:Call an ambulance if they still cannot breathe normally, and keep giving reliever puffs as before, until the ambulance arrives.
Protect yourself this pollen season.
Managing asthma and allergies matters.
Visit betterhealth.vic.gov.au for more information.