Thunderstorm asthma and its link to allergies…

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Epidemics of thunderstorm asthma have occurred in Australia in Melbourne and Wagga Wagga. And, over the past few weeks, NSW and QLD have been told to stay on high alert. But what is thunderstorm asthma and why does it happen?

 

Thunderstorm asthma explained …

Thunderstorm asthma occurs when gusty winds and moisture cause pollen grains and/or mould particles to burst into small fragments, which are able to enter the lungs easily and can spark severe asthma attacks. These attacks are most likely to occur:

  • When there’s been a dry weather period without much moisture in the air
  • When a storm occurs after a hot dry day with stormy winds, rain and a cold front
  • In spring or summer when the pollen count high

 

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms of thunderstorm asthma usually occur quickly and, like normal asthma, may include:

  • shortness of breath
  • chest tightness
  • coughing

 

Thunderstorm asthma and its link to allergies …

Though thunderstorm asthma can affect anyone, it’s much more likely to affect those with allergies. This is because allergic asthma is the most common type of asthma – a condition where allergens in the environment (anything from dust and dust mites, to pollens, grasses, animal hair and mould) trigger asthma symptoms. In fact, over 95 per cent of people affected by thunderstorm asthma have a history of hay fever or grass pollen allergies (particularly rye grass)[1][2]

When you have allergic asthma, your immune system thinks the allergens in your environment are harmful and responds by releasing a substance called Immunoglobulin E (IgE). Excess IgE in the body triggers inflammation and swelling of the airways, which can make it difficult to breathe and may spark an asthma attack.

 

Natural allergy treatment for asthma and hay fever

At Health & Wellness Australia & Auckland (HWA), we use a technique called muscle testing or kinesiology to help identify your sensitivities. Following testing, you can work with your practitioner to manage your asthma symptoms using a natural allergy treatment called Positive Association Technique (PAT).

PAT is a non-invasive holistic therapy, which:

  • draws on acupressure and kinesiology techniques
  • aims to re-train your body
  • may reduce your reactions to food or environmental substances that may be causing or exacerbating your asthma or hay fever symptoms.

Some cases can be complex, so our naturopaths may also recommend supplements and herbs, and provide lifestyle advice to help you achieve the best long-term results.

 

Want to know if PAT is right for you? Get in touch!

Send our practitioners a question using our Ask a practitioner service, and you’ll get a call-back or reply straight to your email inbox.

You can also request an appointment with one of our experienced PAT practitioners in one our clinic locations – North Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth or Auckland – by:

  • using our Request an appointment online service
  • calling our head office on 1300 853 023 (Aust) / 09 479 5997 (NZ), Monday to Saturday, 9am-5pm (EST).

 

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8595333

[2] https://www.researchgate.net/publication/270474087_The_Role_of_Fungal_Spores_in_Thunderstorm_Asthma

 

This blog is intended as general information only. PAT cannot cure allergies – it is intended to decrease reactions and help manage symptoms. It is not intended to raise unrealistic expectations. If symptoms persist, consult your GP.

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