Deniliquin Pastoral Times

MLHD warns of a high asthma risk

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Experts are predicting a period of greater risk for asthma sufferers and people who wheeze and sneeze during spring time over the next month.

Murrumbidg­ee Local Health District said you could be at risk during this thundersto­rm asthma season, even if you don’t think you have asthma.

In 2016 an additional 3,643 people presented to hospital and nine died from asthma attacks after a severe thundersto­rm in Melbourne.

MLHD director Public Health Unit Tracey Oakman said precaution will be needed.

‘‘Thundersto­rms cause pollen grains to explode and release fine particles which can be inhaled more deeply into the lungs making even more people wheeze and sneeze,’’ Mrs Oakman said.

‘‘People should be prepared, not alarmed, and anyone with diagnosed asthma should carry their asthma medication with them at all times during this high risk period.

‘‘Where possible avoid being outside during thundersto­rms over the next four weeks.

‘‘Parents should be vigilant to keep their children inside during storms, with the doors and windows closed.’’

The Public Health Unit will be monitoring thundersto­rm activity and pollen count levels and issuing alerts at these high risk times.

Charles Sturt University has set up a SMS alert system when the pollen counts are high and thundersto­rms are predicted. To register for this alert, go to

If anyone experience­s breathing difficulti­es it is essential to seek medical help immediatel­y.

Breathing difficulti­es can be life threatenin­g. In the event of an asthma emergency, dial triple zero (000) immediatel­y.

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