Thunderstorm asthma is associated with the occurrence of thunderstorms and high pollen levels. Thunderstorm asthma can be life threatening and can affect people who have never been diagnosed with asthma.
Symptoms associated with thunderstorm asthma include wheeze, chest tightness, difficulty breathing and cough. The symptoms can escalate very quickly and may become life threatening.
People with asthma, people with undiagnosed asthma, people with hay fever (allergic rhinitis), and especially people who ‘wheeze and sneeze’ during spring.