In Victoria, the grass pollen season runs from October to December, bringing with it an increase in asthma and hay fever. During the season, a high grass pollen count and a certain type of thunderstorm can also trigger thunderstorm asthma in both adults and children.
For people with asthma or hay fever, especially those who experience wheezing or coughing with their hay fever, thunderstorm asthma can be sudden, serious and even life-threatening.
Here are some things you can do to prepare for pollen season:
- Update your asthma action plan.
- See your pharmacist or doctor for a hay fever treatment plan and check if you should have an asthma reliever puffer.
- Learn the four steps of asthma first aid so you know what to do if you or your children have an asthma attack.
- Where possible, avoid being outside during thunderstorms from October through December – especially in the wind gusts that come before the storm.
For more information on thunderstorm asthma, visit the Better Health Channel website.
You can also monitor for the risk of thunderstorm asthma in the Boroondara area on the VicEmergency website.