Warning for asthmatics as October 1 marks storm season | Goulburn Post



With heavy rains and severe thunderstorms currently affecting the east of the country, Australians with asthma and allergies are urged to remember that the peak spring and thunderstorm asthma season begins on the 1st. October and lasts until the end of December. Also read: Hail and severe thunderstorm warning kicks off long wet weekend This year, the Bureau of Meteorology predicted that much of Australia appears to be hit by heavy spring rains, which could result in above-average grass growth and, most importantly, ryegrass pollen. National Asthma Council Australia director and pulmonologist Professor Peter Wark said people with hay fever and ryegrass pollen allergy could be at risk for stormy asthma – even if they didn’t. never had asthma symptoms before. “People with asthma who live or travel to an area with high levels of seasonal grass pollen should remember to take their inhaled corticosteroid ‘preventative’ medication as prescribed by their doctor,” he said. “If they are using anti-inflammatory relief therapy, they should take their inhaler as needed. These measures offer the best protection against worsening asthma. The pollen season is the best treatment for controlling allergy symptoms. “Hay fever can cause inflammation of the upper and lower airways and lead to itchy eyes, runny nose and sneezing, but more worryingly, hay fever can lead to an increased risk of severe asthma flare-ups.” Keris Arndt, Victoria’s Risk Preparedness and Response Manager, Bureau of Meteorology, said the risk of asthma from thunderstorms in late spring and early summer was higher than normal this year. “The forecasted humid and warm conditions will lead to good grass and vegetation growth in the spring and this forecast is largely due to a negative Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD), which is the first negative IOD event since 2016 “said Mr. Arndt. Prof Wark said the best protection is to have good control of your asthma or hay fever and, where possible, to avoid exposure to spring thunderstorms and the gusts of wind that precede them. “Check the grass pollen count for your area daily in spring and early summer on days of high grass pollen concentrations and avoid exposure to outside air when a thunderstorm approaches. , especially during gusty winds just before the rain front hits, ”he said. “If you can stay indoors with your windows closed and the air conditioner off or in recirculation mode, or if you are driving, close your car windows and use only recirculated air. written against asthma, check your inhalation technique, and make sure you know what to do during a spring storm or asthma emergency, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. ”Professor Wark said said the symptoms of hay fever and COVID-19 could be similar and “If you are not sure, get tested for COVID-19 and stay home until you get your results,” He said. For easy-to-follow information on how to manage your hay fever and asthma and prepare for stormy asthma season, explore the National Asthma Council website. depend on subscription income to support our journalism. If you can, please inquire scrire here for the Highlands and here for the Tablelands. If you are already a subscriber, thank you for your support.


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