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Those who 'wheeze & sneeze' should take extra care

We are urging people who experience wheezing and sneezing to take extra care when thunderstorms are forecast, following the tragic outcomes of the recent thunderstorm asthma event in Melbourne.

People who experience significant hay fever and those who have asthma can experience breathing problems when high pollen counts are mixed with thunderstorm conditions. 

Our Chairman, Dr Jonathan Burdon AM, says to act quickly if you start to have symptoms such as shortness of breath or wheezing. He also advises that the best way to treat thunderstorm asthma is to avoid it happening by ensuring your asthma is under control and that you follow your written asthma action plan.

Read more on our thunderstorm asthma release

Older women still most at risk from asthma

Sadly, asthma can be life-threatening, and it’s older women who are still most at risk. The latest report from the ABS shows that over half (59%) of all deaths due to asthma in 2015 were in women over 55 years, with women aged 75 years and older recording nearly three times (2.7) the number of deaths than men of the same age.

See more information about Asthma and older adults.

Take the survey on thunderstorm asthma

Asthma Australia have released a short survey so that they can look at ways to support and help people with asthma, following the thunderstorm asthma event in Melbourne.

Go to the Survey.

Sensitive Choice welcomes new partners

Sensitive Choice has recently welcomed some new partners to the program. Here's a little bit about them:

ekoworx is the brainchild of two dads from Bondi Beach who've made it their mission to turn the cleaning products industry on its head. ekoworx household cleaning products eliminate the use of toxic chemicals and use naturally occurring minerals (green ionic chemistry) - making them a better choice for people with asthma and allergies. Find out more about ekoworx.

Gainsborough's allergy-free Sustans range of pillows and quilts are oeko-tex approved/tested against harmful substances. Healthgard-treated covers and fibre ensure antifungal and anti dust mite protection making them a perfect choice for allergy sufferers. Check out the Sensitive Choice range of Gainsborough products.

Arctic Melbourne are a family-owned business approved for the supply, installation and maintenance of Hydronic Heating Systems. Using this form of radiant heating doesn't blow dust particles and allergens around the home so your family can breathe cleaner air throughout the colder months. See more about Arctic Melbourne.

Miele's range of approved vacuum cleaners ensure that over 99.95% of dust particles, pollen, allergens and fungal spores are filtered out and remain safely inside the dustbag. Thanks to the special air-tight casing seal and HEPA filtration, the air expelled is cleaner than normal room air. Find out more on Miele.
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