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Thunderstorm asthma can be very serious for people with asthma. Thunderstorm asthma events are believed to be triggered by an uncommon combination of high grass pollen levels and a certain type of thunderstorm, causing pollen grains from grasses to be swept up in the wind and carried long distances.\r\nThunderstorm asthma is the triggering of an asthma attack by environmental conditions directly caused by a local thunderstorm. It has been proposed that during a thunderstorm, pollen grains can absorb moisture and then burst into much smaller fragments with these fragments being easily dispersed by wind.\r\nThunderstorm Asthma is a Victorian government health campaign to highlight awareness of the risk of thunderstorm asthma in Victoria. Find resources that tell you what you need to know if a thunderstorm asthma occurs.\r\nThunderstorm asthma is a weather-based condition that can turn pollen and wind into a dangerous duo. Asthma affects your bronchial tubes, where air goes in and out of your lungs. During an asthma attack, those tubes narrow, and that makes it hard to breathe. A mild asthma attack might last only a\r\nIt seems reasonable to think that rain would relieve allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and asthma triggered by pollen, by washing pollen out of the air. However, rain from some thunderstorms can make some people's symptoms worse. Epidemics of thunderstorm asthma in Australia have occurred in Melbourne and Wagga Wagga.\r\nWhat is thunderstorm asthma? Thunderstorm asthma can happen suddenly to people in spring or summer when there is a lot of pollen in the air and the weather is hot, dry, windy and stormy. People with asthma and/or hay fever need extra protection to avoid thunderstorm asthma between September and January in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.\r\nTaylor PE(1), Jonsson H. Author information: (1)Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena 91125, USA. [email protected] Thunderstorms have often been linked to epidemics of asthma, especially during the grass flowering season; however, the precise\r\nThunderstorm asthma refers to episodes of asthma symptoms which occur when high pollen levels are combined with a thunderstorm. It appears that thunderstorm asthma requires very specific weather conditions to occur as only rarely do thunderstorms that occur in times of high pollen levels have a health impact.\r\nThunderstorm Asthma is an unusual cluster of allergic asthma flare-ups (including severe acute asthma) associated with springtime thunderstorms. It is not necessarily a special kind of asthma. However, a certain type of thunderstorm appears to be needed, together with a high pollen count, to trigger this event.\r\n