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Anyone else saw the article about asthma in Australia?

I saw this on the news this AM, and just now had a chance to look it up online. Apparently weather conditions and pollen conditions in a section of Australia are causing severe asthma attacks — some in people who've never had asthma.

I'm wondering if there's a way for meteorologists to predict this … 

A rare condition known as thunderstorm asthma sent hundreds of people to hospitals in Australia's second-largest city, and four deaths had been confirmed by Wednesday.

 

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  • Shea

    Yikes! That is a nightmare I have neer heard of anything like that before… A thunderstorm causing pollen to levels to explode, and causing so many people problems. I did a quick seasseasrch and found:

    Some outbreaks of thunderstorm asthma have also been linked with increased levels of fungal spores in the air. It's also thought that gusty winds in thunderstorms help to spread pollen particles and other allergy-inducing substances. A that looked at emergency room visits in Atlanta over a 10-year period found that there were 3 percent more visits for asthma on days following thunderstorms. The link between asthma visits and thunderstorms was strongest when the wind gusts during the storm were intermediate to high, the study found. 

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    My breathing often gets worse during thunder storms… I never knew why. But I understand more now.

    This phenomenon is especially bad for people who do not have asthma because they probably do not have medications on hand, like inhalers. 

     

  • K8sMom2002

    I'm wondering if they did have asthma before, but didn't know what it was and it was mild enough and resolved on its own for them not to seek treatment. I know I was clueless that the gosh-awful breathing-through-feathers feeling was an asthma attack until a doctor said, "yep, that's what it is."