Remember the November 2016 Melbourne Thunderstorm Asthma event - nine deaths, 4000 emergency department presentations, more than 30 intensive care admissions and hospitals running out of Ventolin!
Warnings about sudden attacks of asthma during Thunderstorms are REAL and what makes them even more scary is the biggest risk factor for developing Thunderstorm
Asthma is pollen allergies and hay fever. Yes, hay fever. Is that you?
While Sydney hasn't had a major event like Melbourne,Thunderstorm asthma events have occurred in parts of NSW, including Wagga Wagga and Canberra but its important people do not make any assumptions that it couldn’t happen again or in Sydney.
Globally the World Allergy Organisation has predicted further rise of these phenomenom and that climate change and air pollution are responsible.
Have you spoken with our Doctors recently to make sure you are prepared?
For those with pollen allergies who haven't been reviewed in the last 12 months then use this as opportunity to get your Allergy Action Plan in place and review your allergies before we hit the festive season and forget. Our Doctors can make sure at-risk patients know how to use ventolin and how much to use (as they may have never used it before).
For those of our patients who have existing asthma, spring is an important time to make sure your Asthma Action Plan is updated and especially if you are wheezing – that’s’ right proactively manage your asthma symptoms with a check up with our Doctors.
You can read more about how Pollen, when breathed in under these changed climactic conditions can trigger asthma symptoms such as breathlessness chest tightness and wheeze, even in people who do not have existing asthma here and 5 ways to protect yourself from Thunderstorm asthma.
Wouldn't you rather be ready? No one wants to be caught out by a Thunderstorm, especially one causing Thunderstorm Asthma.
For more info, or for an appointment, contact collective.care and Australian Allergy Centre on 1300 344 325 or click here.
About the author:
Dr Suzan Bekir MBBS (hons1) FRACGP is a GP medical educator and Clinical Director of collective.care, Australian Allergy Centre, Taylor Clinic and Dr Ink Tattoo Removal.
She runs an accredited GP Special Skills training program for Allergy, ENT, Skin, Laser and Cosmetics. She was instrumental in creating the GP shared.care Clinical Model of collective.care specialist clinics built for primary health care and designed for the Health Care Homes of the future. She is also a medical content creator for Brand-Aid.