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Burn-offs, bushfires, and asthma
Living in the Adelaide Hills, it’s inevitable that burn-offs will happen throughout spring before the fire-ban kicks in. This generally causes no problems, but for people with asthma who have airways that are more sensitive, it’s important to keep in mind that burn-offs (and bushfires) can be a cause of stress and anxiety.
According to Asthma Australia, the things that set off or start symptoms are called triggers, and every person with asthma may experience these ‘triggers’ differently. Some common triggers include cold and flu, dust mites, smoke, exercise, and pollen.
For asthma sufferers living in the Adelaide Hills, it’s important to keep this under control with the right preventer medicine along with understanding how to react if exposed to a certain trigger - like smoke from a burn-off or bushfire, or even pollen on a windy day. It’s also very important to be aware that a trigger can linger long after air pollution or bushfire threat has subsided.
To reduce exposure to smoke as much as possible, those with asthma should stay indoors with the windows closed and do as little outdoor activity as possible, along with using re-circulated air in the car. Anyone with asthma living in a high-risk bushfire zone should also include asthma management in their fire safety survival plan.
If you have any questions about your asthma and appropriate management of your symptoms, please book in for a consultation with your doctor at MBS Medical.