Asthma Australia revealed on Dec. 1 that four in 10 people suffering from thunderstorm asthma symptoms have not been diagnosed with asthma previously. The researchers hope that the study will emphasize the need of awareness about the common respiratory condition.

The study involved 2,000 responders to an online survey. Overall, the team found that one in nine Australians has asthma and 80 percent of asthma patients also experience hay fever.

“The responses show that we need to do more to educate Australians about asthma. Asthma is a common condition that can be life threatening. Not only is good management essential for people diagnosed with asthma, such as taking preventer medication as prescribed, it is also vital that everyone is aware of asthma – how to spot the symptoms and what to do in an asthma emergency,” added Michele Goldman, CEO of Asthma Australia.

Goldman expressed his concern about the need for more work in improving asthma management. It turns out that 68 percent of the study participants were prescribed a preventer but only 29 percent of them took it daily.

Asthma Australia also urged those who got affected by thunderstorm asthma to talk to their physicians and find out if preventer medication can also help them. Once the doctors prescribed the treatment, the person should take this daily to see best results.

Asthma Australia also posted the following tips to help those affected with asthma:

  • People diagnosed with asthma should take their preventer medication as prescribed throughout the year to maintain good asthma control
  • Have a reliever inhaler at hand at all times and know Asthma First Aid steps
  • Use a spacer for any inhaled medication; this ensures the most effective delivery of the medication
  • Anyone with asthma should have an asthma action plan from their General Practitioner that is reviewed at least once a year
  • Keep an eye on weather and pollen forecasts
  • Treat hay fever as well as asthma, as this has been shown to improve asthma control