Asthma sufferers are being warned to take extra care over the weekend amid fears of a phenomenon called “thunder fever”. A potentially lethal combination of thunder storms and a high pollen count could combine to create thunder fever - a situation that killed nine people last year. People with asthma are advised to keep their medication on hand to relieve their symptoms. People with asthma are being urged to stay indoors
So what is thunder fever?
It’s a sort of extreme hay fever, or upside down hay fever. Allergy sufferers, such as people with hay fever, are often at the mercy of the pollen count with high levels causing constant sneezing and eyes that water. That situation is worsened by thunderstorms and asthma sufferers are especially affected. Asthma charities have even urged people to stay indoors with fears the weather conditions could be potentially fatal in rare cases. Nine people died from asthma attacks after thunderstorms tore across Melbourne, Australia, last year. Thunderstorms can have a devastating impact on people with asthma and trigger an asthma attack which could be fatal. Asthma sufferers are being warned to take extra care over the weekend. Humid, stormy conditions break the pollen into much smaller particles, which are then inhaled more deeply into the lungs and can lead to life-threatening asthma attacks. Heavy thunderstorms are expected from Saturday to Monday, while the pollen count is expected to reach high levels in the greater Richmond area.
How can people reduce the effects of thunder fever?
Here is some useful advice:
• Keep doors and windows closed when at home and overnight. Most pollen is released in the mornings and tends to fall to ground level in the evenings
• Wear sunglasses to stop the pollen getting into your eyes
• Avoid drying your clothes outside when pollen levels are high. If you do, shake the items before bringing them inside or wearing them
• Keep car windows closed and fit a pollen filter
• Vacuum regularly and avoid bring fresh flowers indoors
• Brush pets if they have been outside as they can bring pollen inside on their fur
• Don’t smoke indoors as this can irritate your nose, eyes and throat, worsening hay fever symptoms
• Shower and wash your hair if you have been outside