Wagga asthma sufferers encouraged to stick to the action plans

COOLING OFF: Taj Harper and his mate Finn Anderson, both aged 8, got some relief from the heat with a trip to Wagga Beach. Picture: Les Smith
COOLING OFF: Taj Harper and his mate Finn Anderson, both aged 8, got some relief from the heat with a trip to Wagga Beach. Picture: Les Smith

Asthma sufferers in Wagga are being advised to stick to their action plans during this week’s changeable weather.

Dehydration, heat, thunderstorms, temperature changes, smoke and pollen are all thought to be risk factors for some asthmatics.

The reminder comes as Wagga experiences a week of sunshine, thunderstorms, heat, cool changes, wind and showers.

Michelle Goldman, the chief executive officer of Asthma Australia, told The Daily Advertiser asthma was triggered by different things in different people, but that changes in weather and temperature could be one.

Ms Goldman advised people with asthma to make sure they were using their preventative medication regularly to ensure it was at its most effective.

She recommended people had their inhalation technique reviewed by a pharmacist or their GP, with whom they should also develop an asthma action plan.

Charles Sturt University developed a warning system after Wagga experienced an epidemic of “thunderstorm asthma” in October 1997.

Developed in conjunction with the local health authority and Bureau of Meteorology, the warning system allows people with asthma to register to be notified by text message or email on days of high-risk conditions.