Thunderstorm Asthma risk season extended

January 5, 2023 3:41 pm in by
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The state government has today extended the Thunderstorm Asthma season until January 15th.

High amounts of grass pollen in the air in combination with certain thunderstorms can trigger
severe asthma symptoms for individuals who experience asthma or hay fever.

Epidemic thunderstorm asthma occurs when a large number of people develop symptoms over a
timeframe of a few hours, typically seen between the months of October through December.

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The Victorian Department of Health has extended the risk season due to rye grass and pollen conditions which increase the risk of thunderstorm asthma should certain weather events occur.

Having an asthma plan can be potentially lifesaving for those who experience thunderstorm asthma says Grampians Public Health Unit Director, Professor Rosemary Aldrich.

“Asthma attacks can escalate quickly. If you have a history of asthma or hay fever it is recommended that you consult with your GP to put preventative measures in place.”

“The use of an asthma puffer during seasons of high pollen count could be life-saving, said Dr Aldrich.

Today’s grass pollen forecast for Ballarat is low according to Melbourne Pollen’s reading station at Creswick.

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