Thunderstorm asthma: what is it and how do you protect yourself from it?
Storm season can cause damage to your home and belongings, and can also impact your health.
On 21 November 2016, during a thunderstorm with high pollen counts, thousands of Victorians suddenly found in hard to breathe and needed urgent asthma treatment. So many people needed help that it was hard for ambulances and hospital emergency rooms to treat everyone. 10 people ended up losing their lives.
Thunderstorm asthma is a very real and serious risk during Australia's summer storm season from October to December. This year, excess grass growth, high levels of airborne pollen and wet weather are creating optimum conditions for another possible thunderstorm asthma epidemic.
Read on to learn more about thunderstorm asthma, whether you're at risk, and how to prevent and treat thunderstorm asthma attacks.