Following two days of extreme and high pollen count levels in Adelaide, Asthma Australia is advising residents with asthma and hay fever symptoms to keep on top of their condition.

Asthma Australia CEO Michele Goldman said people with hay fever were up to three times more likely to get asthma and should take note of symptoms.

“If pollen is a trigger for you, this time of year is particularly problematic,” said Ms Goldman.

“Be aware of asthma symptoms, and see your doctor if you experience wheezing, breathlessness, persistent cough or tight chest. These could be signs of asthma,” she said.

Asthma Australia advises residents to manage their hay fever and asthma with regular medication and by following their Asthma Action Plan, and by visiting a GP or Pharmacist for medical advice if needed.

“We are fortunate to have many great treatments readily available,” said Ms Goldman.

“Taking your medication regularly will ensure you maximise protection when you come into contact with triggers.

“Asthma Australia is here to help.   If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us on the 1800ASTHMA Helpline.

“In weather conditions like this, you can minimise exposure by staying inside with windows and doors closed,” she said.

Adelaide residents can access live pollen count levels via the Asthma Australia website at: https://asthma.org.au/adelaide-pollen-count/ 

For more information about asthma and allergy management, call the free 1800 ASTHMA (1800 278 462) service to speak to an Asthma Educator, consult your GP or Pharmacist, or visit https://asthma.org.au/asthmaindisguise/

Asthma Australia’s Asthma and Allergy Campaign is proudly supported by Bayer, Flo and AstraZeneca.