Were you affected by thunderstorm asthma?
Asthma Australia is asking for people affected by the recent thunderstorm asthma event in Melbourne to complete a short survey to help them understand more about who was affected.
The sharp rise in triple zero calls and emergency department visits due to asthma has sparked debate about how to best prepare for thunderstorm asthma events in Melbourne.
The survey can be accessed here.
Asthma affects 1 in 9 Australians and around 80% of these also experience hay fever.
Asthma Australia advises:
- People diagnosed with asthma to take their preventer medication as prescribed throughout the year to maintain good asthma control
- Have a reliever inhaler to hand at all times, and know Asthma First Aid steps
- Use a spacer for any inhaled medication; this ensures the most effective delivery of the medication
- Anyone with asthma should have an asthma action plan from their General Practitioner that is reviewed at least once a year
- Keep an eye on weather and pollen forecasts
- Treat hay fever as well as asthma, as this has been shown to improve asthma control
Anyone who does not have a spacer can obtain one from a pharmacy or their local Asthma Foundation. Advice and support is available via the national 1800 ASTHMA helpline (1800 278 462).
For further information, visit www.asthmaaustralia.org.au