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Asthma And Weather


Last week I had an Asthma Attack and had to go to see GP - She thought it might be due to the Weather - as it was very muggy and thundery. I had a tight chest and was very Wheezy.

Does anyone else suffer when it is muggy and thundery. I have read that Thundery weather can be a trigger, but I have not suffered before like this.

Any help would be appriciated.


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I suffer from asthma attacks when its thunderous, muggy, humid etc and one of the GP's in my surgery has said he can predict the weather by my asthma lol.....My consultant has said that because I was hospitalised in HDU last time we had a really muggy day that when the weather gets muggy etc I am to increase my steroids....But I have heard that the weather effects asthma too......

Take care



Unfortunately weather for me is my biggest trigger. Thunderstorms and the muggy weather before them are the worst for me and I will nearly always have an attack. Damp, rainy weather comes a close second.

Thunderstorms release large amounts of pollen, I try and stay indoors during those times, asthma uk has a page on weather and some suggestions.

I hope you are feeling better soon



weather does make a difference, but I find the cold frosty air the worst. were all different, some hate the thundery weather.


My asthma usually gets better when the weather is hot, and a lot worse when its freezing cold but everyones different. when its cold i try and stay warm and breath through a scarf or the collar of my coat it heats the air up.


Weather is one of my main triggers, which is totally annoying because you cannot avoid the weather, i can normally tell that it is raining without even opening my curtains.



I find that the weather has a great effect on my asthma, I don't like it hot and muggy but I don't like cold air either!

Now for the science bit (disclaimer: I am not a meteorologist so this may be wrong!):

Just before a thunder storm there is low pressure which draws pollen up into the atmosphere. During the storm the electrical discharge breaks the pollen grains open, exposing the allergenic part and making the particles exactly the right size to get into your small airways. When the pollen falls back down again it is perfectly designed to cause allergic chaos!

Then again, as I said, this could all be totally wrong and made up... I will do some research and try to find a citation, I'm curious now. Sounds good though, doesn't it?

Take care all,

Em H


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