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Thunderstorm Asthma: What you need to know

Thunder is a terrifying sound. It indicates that a storm is approaching or that lightning has struck someplace, and you need to seek storm-safe shelter immediately. But can you genuinely get sick during a thunderstorm? Yes, you may.

According to recent research on the unusual illness known as “thunderstorm asthma,” a thunderstorm can certainly cause an asthma attack. Stormy weather may be more than just an irritation for someone with severe allergies or asthma; it can also pose a danger to your health.

Here’s what you need to know all about it.

What is Thunderstorm Asthma?

Asthma attacks begin or intensify after a thunderstorm is called thunderstorm asthma. Although it can happen to anybody with asthma, seasonal allergic rhinitis, often known as hay fever, is the condition that causes it the most frequently.

High levels of grass pollen in the atmosphere and a certain kind of thunderstorm are the two main factors that cause thunderstorm asthma.

Symptoms of Thunderstorm Asthma

Pollen spores can irritate the airways and trigger a fast worsening of asthma symptoms when breathed by someone who has allergic asthma.

Chest tightness, wheezing when coughing, breathing difficulty, runny nose, sneezing, or watery eyes are some of the most frequent symptoms experienced during thunderstorm asthma. During thunderstorms, even someone with minor allergies may experience breathing difficulties.

You could have asthma if you feel wheezing, breathlessness, tightness in your chest, or a persistent cough. To bring such symptoms under control, consult your doctor about the possibility that you have asthma. So that you are aware of how to manage your asthma, consult your Physician to discuss your asthma action plan.

Precautionary Measures During Thunderstorm

You might be able to avoid breathing in pollen spores by using a face mask when outdoors during thunderstorms. However, researchers haven’t yet looked at how face masks could help to lessen the intensity of thunderstorm asthma. During and after a thunderstorm, it’s better to stay inside. Keep the windows closed at all times. Showering and cleaning your clothing after being outside in strong winds will help get rid of pollen and reduce the chances of developing an asthma attack.

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