The National Asthma Council Australia is warning the two million plus Aussies with asthma to be careful at Christmas as unseasonal weather patterns throughout the country bring in a host of asthma and allergy triggers.
In Queensland, mould can be an asthma trigger for some. Meanwhile, lusher states have had a prolonged grass growing season following the break of the drought, resulting in an extended hay fever and sneezing season.
And don’t forget, widespread thunderstorm activity that can hit hard at this time of the year can stir up pollen, splitting particles and making them much easier to inhale into the lungs.
Even the Christmas tree – real or fake – can harbour hidden asthma triggers.
Look to vacuum your Christmas decorations before opening the boxes that have been stored for the last twelve months. For some people with asthma, perfumes in scented candles may trigger symptoms. It may be a good idea to check if anyone you’re giving a gift to this year has their asthma symptoms triggered by odour.