Asthma Australia has issued advice for people with the condition due to the risk of a severe dust storm on Thursday
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a warning that a vigorous cold front will move across western and central parts of South Australia today, with strong to gale force winds.
Damaging northerly winds, averaging 50-70 km/h with gusts of around 80-100 km/h, are forecast, with the likelihood of raised dust. Locations which may be affected include Adelaide, Port Lincoln, Whyalla, Wudinna, Roxby Downs and Port Augusta.
Asthma Australia warns that dust is a trigger for asthma, which affects an estimated 180,000 people in South Australia, and that raised dust could exacerbate asthma symptoms.
“Environment plays a significant part in asthma control and dust is a very common trigger,” says Michele Goldman, CEO of Asthma Australia.
“If there are adverse weather conditions involving a lot of dust in the air, people with asthma should be diligent to follow steps to minimise risks of a flare up.
“Remain indoors, keep reliever medication close at hand, follow their asthma action plan if they have one and consult a health professional if experiencing severe symptoms.”
People with asthma are encouraged to follow these steps if dust is a trigger for their condition:
- Remain indoors with windows closed.
- Take preventer medication as directed and carry asthma reliever medication at all times.
- Follow your asthma action plan and contact your health professional if symptoms persist. Anyone requiring urgent medical attention is encouraged to call Triple Zero (000)
- Familarise the four steps for asthma first aid and what to do in an asthma emergency.
- For more information on how to manage your symptoms, call the 1800 ASTHMA Helpline (1800 278 462)