Asthma and Air Quality
Breathing difficulties can occur suddenly particularly with spring thunderstorms and people who suffer from asthma and hay fever are most at risk. In the Wagga Wagga and wider Riverina area, the incidence of asthma may increase due to elevated level of pollens and other allergens.
How to prepare yourself for asthma
If you sneeze or weeze in Spring, please:
- See your Doctor for an Asthma Action Plan and that you are using the correct medication.
- Use inhaled asthma preventer medication for all the weeks of Spring, and use a reliever (Blue Puffer) to breathe easier.
- If you have difficulty breathing go to a Hospital immediately
In emergencies call 000 for assistance
Further information and resources
- Asthma Warning Service: Register online to receive alerts via email or SMS when asthma risks are elevated: http://www.csu.edu.au/asthma/home
- Text/SMS the word Asthma to 0417 115 876 to receive SMS alerts
- Email the word Asthma (in the subject line or email body) to email@example.com to receive email alerts
- The Asthma Foundation: http://www.asthmaaustralia.org.au/
- NSW Health Asthma resources: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/factsheets/Pages/thunderstorm-asthma.aspx
- Chest and Lungs fact sheets: http://kidshealth.schn.health.nsw.gov.au/fact-sheets.
- Asthma factsheets: http://www.sch.edu.au/health/factsheets/
Mosquitoes require water in which to breed. Females lay eggs on the water surface or on water's edge. The eggs hatch into larvae which live in water and become pupae, before emerging from the water as an adult, flying mosquito. By removing stagnant water from around your home you can prevent mosquitoes from breeding.
What can I Do to Protect Myself and My Family?
Take special care during peak mosquito biting hours, especially around dawn and dusk by
- Covering-up with a loose-fitting long sleeved shirts and long pants when outside
- Applying mosquito repellent to exposed skin.
What Can I Do to Reduce Mosquitos Around My House?
- Tip – Tip water from containers and objects
- Store – Store items away when not in use
- Throw – Throw away items you do not use
- Drill holes in tyres used for swings and garden surrounds to allow water to drain away.
- Overturn boats, canoes and dinghies or remove drain plug so that they do not hold water after rain.
- Empty all flower vases, pot plants, containers and other receptacles that hold water.
- Clean gutters regularly.
- Stock fish ponds and ornamental ponds with fish. Keep the side of ponds clear from water weeds so the fish can get to the larvae.
- Ensure swimming pools are treated regularly. If you are away for a period of time, for any reason, arrange for your pools to be maintained.
- Screen all openings to tanks, wells or other large water containers with wire gauze no coarser than 1mm mesh. This prevents mosquitoes from laying eggs. Cut back and trim trees to prevent leaves and debris from blocking roof guttering.
- Ensure open drains and channels are free from obstructions, especially weeds, grass, and other debris.