If you have often thought that your asthma worsens during a spring or summer storm... you may be right and there is good reason for it.
Thunderstorms often combine heavy rain, high humidity and strong winds. The moisture in the air can cause the airborne pollen granules to rupture in to particles small enough to be breathed deep into the small airways in the lungs. The strong outflow of air from a thunderstorm also causes dust, mould spores and other allergens to blow ahead of the storm. These allergens (pollen granules, dust, mould spores etc) irritate the lining of the airways and increase the swelling and mucus in the airways which can lead to a rapid worsening in asthma and quick onset of symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest tightness or coughing.
What can you do to manage your asthma during thunderstorms?
· Always have your blue reliever and spacer with you and use it if you are developing asthma symptoms
· If you have been prescribed a preventer, be sure to take it every day as directed by your doctor.
· Have a current Asthma Action Plan which your doctor has written just for you.
· Register for the CSU Asthma Register to receive alerts during danger periods for asthma by
Texting / SMS the word Asthma to 0417 115 876 to receive SMS alerts, or email the word Asthma in the subject line to
firstname.lastname@example.org to receive email alerts.