Thunderstorm Asthma

If you are an asthma sufferer or regularly experience hay fever, you may find that your symptoms worsen or increase during and after a thunderstorm. Thunderstorm conditions occasionally trigger breathing problems which can come as a surprise to those who don’t usually suffer from any respiratory health issues. Thunderstorms can increase the humidity and also disrupt the high pollen count this creates conditions where thunderstorm asthma can occur.

If you think you might be suffering from breathing problems such as shortness of breath, wheezing and sneezing, then you may need to change or revisit your asthma plan. You can also relieve the symptoms by staying indoors on high pollen days, windy days and just before, during and after a thunderstorm.

Minimising respiratory symptoms during thunderstorms

If you do stay indoors make sure you have closed all windows. If it is too hot, then switching on the aircon is fine, as long as you have remembered to regularly clean and service your unit. There are also air purifying options for your air conditioning that can help filter the recycled air and any pollen that may be affecting you.

Stay safe this storm season. If your symptoms worsen or persist, seek advice from a medical professional.