Dusty days send­ing more to lo­cal chemists for help

Dubbo Photo News - - News - By LY­DIA PEDRANA

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

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