MLHD’s spring storm warning

Murrumbidgee Local Health District is warning residents across the region that they could be at risk even if they don’t think they have asthma.

The next four weeks or so may be a period of greater risk for asthma sufferers and people who wheeze and sneeze during spring time, according to the Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD).

“Thunderstorms cause pollen grains to explode and release fine particles which can be inhaled more deeply into the lungs making even more people wheeze and sneeze,” Director Public Health Unit Tracey Oakman said.

“People should be prepared, not alarmed, and anyone with diagnosed asthma should carry their asthma medication with them at all times during this high risk period,” she said.

If anyone experiences breathing difficulties it is essential to seek medical help immediately. 

In the event of an asthma emergency dial triple zero (000) immediately.