A health warning has been issued for anyone with respiratory issues or hay-fever, with storms predicted across NSW.
The thunderstorms predicted have caused NSW Health's Environmental Health director Dr Richard Broome to warn of the high pollen level, which is troublesome for those with asthma or other similar issues.
"Even if you don’t have asthma, you should take extra care because pollen is at its highest level now and may spark breathing difficulties in some people," Dr Broome said.
"Thunderstorms cause pollen grains to explode and release fine particles which can be inhaled deeply into the lungs, causing even more people to wheeze and sneeze."
Those with asthma are advised to make sure they have an action plan and are proactive in their management.
If someone you know gets in trouble with their asthma, NSW Health advice includes:
- sit the person upright;
- give four separate puffs from their puffer;
- wait four minutes and if no improvement, give four more puffs; and
- if there is still no improvement, call 000.