Introducing thunder asthma: Every hay fever sufferer's worst enemy

Here's why hay fever and asthma sufferers could be at risk from 'thunder asthma' [Photo: Unsplash via Pexels]
Here’s why hay fever and asthma sufferers could be at risk from ‘thunder asthma’ [Photo: Unsplash via Pexels]

As if hay fever and asthma sufferers don’t have enough to worry about at this time of year, now an allergist has warned about the risk of ‘thunder asthma’.

Apparently the warm, humid and windy weather we’re set to have in the UK this week could be bad news for sufferers from allergies and asthma.

The Met Office have predicted an unsettled week of weather, which could see temperatures spike to 26°C. But don’t get too excited folks as this warm weather is set to come with a muggy and humid sting in its tail, thanks to the moist tropical air sweeping in from the continent. Rain and cloud will accompany the warmth and bring with it the horror of humidity hair!

But aside from causing hair havoc, the humidity could create issues for those who already suffer from respiratory issues, even though pollen counts are predicted to be low to moderate across Britain.

“Hot humid and windy weather together is definitely very bad for pollen allergy sufferers,” Dr David Fischer, of the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, told The Independent.

“The humidity traps the pollen closer to the ground, and the dry conditions means the pollens haven’t been washed away and the wind whips it up.”

Hay fever and asthma sufferers could be at risk from 'thunder asthma' this week [Photo: freestockpro.com via Pexels]
Hay fever and asthma sufferers could be at risk from ‘thunder asthma’ this week [Photo: freestockpro.com via Pexels]

Dr Fischer warned that asthma sufferers should be extra careful as the weather could lead to thunder asthma.

“Thunder can crack grass pollen into easily respirable particles that can trigger severe asthma as they get more easily into the depths of the lungs.”

He advised people who could be affected to stay indoors, avoid excessive exercise, and to carry medication, such as inhalers or puffers.

“Air conditioning can help to keep things comfortable on hot humid days so keep the windows closed,” he said.

You have been warned people!

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