An electrical storm just after the Melbourne Cup can signify the worst for asthma and hayfever sufferers.
Electrically charged air combined with rain enlarged springtime pollen can trigger an attack reminiscent of Melbourne in 2016.
Though the rain has eased, conditions may last two weeks.
“Thankfully the pollen count isn’t high at the moment, but there is quite a lot of particles still in the air, so it’s a matter of watch this space at the moment,” said Murrumbidgee Local Health District respiratory nurse Robyn Paton.
Charles Sturt University’s asthma alert text system has not released any paramount warnings presently.
“Anyone who is prone to wheezing during this time of the year should be carrying their short-active reliever medication with them everywhere,” said Ms Paton.
“If you’re finding yourself relying too much on the medication, go back to the doctor to find out what you can do to find a long-term solution.”
Following the dry winter, dust and soil particles are being whipped about by recent hot winds.
“A concern at this point is the eye-irritation, which can lead to conjunctivitis through rubbing the eyes and nose,” said Ms Paton.