Dusty days sending more to local chemists for help
LOCAL chemists have seen a spike in respiratory-related presentations off the back of recent dust storms in the area.
Pharmacist Candace Holland from Tim Koerstz Pharmacy in Tamworth Street said she had seen an increase in asthma-type symptoms and urged those who experienced issues from the dust to seek medical attention.
“We have had lots of people coming in complaining of breathlessness, wheezing symptoms and difficulty breathing but we have also had a higher than normal hay fever season as well, and I think that is because it is so dry, and obviously those two are linked, hay fever and asthma,” she told Dubbo Photo News.
“My advice is that asthmatics should have an inhaler handy at all times, and don’t just rely on a reliever.”
According to the National Asthma
Council Australia (NACA), there are two main asthma medicines – relievers and preventers.
NACA says that a reliever, such as Ventolin or Asmol which usually can be bought over the counter, should only be used to relieve symptoms when they are present.
Preventers, or inhaled corticosteroid medicine, which is prescribed, works by reducing inflammation in the airways and reducing a person’s risk of a severe asthma flare-up.
“It’s really important that asthmatics use a preventer every day and have a chat to your doctor and have a plan in action because even if you do only have mild asthma, or if you are prone to allergies, you don’t want to be caught off guard,” Mrs Holland said.
“Don’t leave it until the dust storms come back up; if you experienced shortness of breath or something last time, it could be worse next time, so get onto it as soon as possible,” she said.
Dust rolls past a residential area of Dubbo earlier this month. PHOTO: DUBBO PHOTO NEWS/EMY LOU