Hay fever season sparks asthma concern

SOUTH Australians are being reminded of the serious dangers of asthma, which can be exacerbated during peak hay fever season.

SA Health’s deputy chief medical officer Dr Nicola Spurrier said high pollen counts in spring leads to exacerbated asthma symptoms and subsequent high rates of asthma-related hospitalisations in South Australia.

“Asthma affects 2.3 million Australians and 80pc of people with asthma also have hay fever,” Dr Spurrier said.

“In South Australia we have the highest rates of asthma-related hospitalisations and mortality per capita in the nation and during spring the allergies that cause hay fever can make asthma even more difficult to manage.”

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