Hay fever and thunderstorm asthma


Grass pollen season brings the chance of thunderstorm asthma.

For people with hay fever – especially those who experience wheezing or coughing with their hay fever, it can be sudden serious and even life-threatening. Avoid thunderstorms from October through December, especially the wind gusts that come before the storm. If you have hay fever it’s important to check you also don’t have asthma. See your pharmacist or doctor for a hay fever treatment plan, and check if you should have an asthma reliever puffer – which is available from a pharmacy without prescription. Learn the 4 steps of asthma first aid, and if you develop asthma symptoms – follow those 4 steps and then follow up with your doctor. Protect yourself this pollen season. Managing asthma and allergies matters. Visit better.health.vic.gov.au for more information.