Cyclone Debbie's impact on asthma
Weather events such as Cyclone Debbie can cause asthma to flare-up, sometimes resulting in severe or life-threatening asthma symptoms.
There are a few things you can do to keep on top of your asthma in the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie:
1. Always carry your blue reliever medication and spacer with you and take action if you are experiencing asthma symptoms
Your blue reliever is your asthma first aid medication. If you are experiencing asthma symptoms, it is important to take your blue reliever medication quickly.
Know how to recognise the signs of worsening asthma and learn the asthma first aid steps here
In Bowen and Airlie Beach, locals can access free blue reliever medication to help them manage their asthma symptoms. Visit these pharmacies and chat with the pharmacist about your asthma needs.
LiveLife Pharmacy Bowen Healthcare
BOWEN QLD 4805
07 4786 1143
Open : Normal Business Hours at this stage
LiveLife Airlie Beach Day & Night Pharmacy
366 Shute Harbour Road
AIRLIE BEACH QLD 4802
07 4946 7000
Open : 8:00AM to 8:00pm Hours at this stage
Some flooded pharmacies in Proserpine, Hamilton Island and Collinsville are currently not operational but when back online will also be participating. Check back here or our Facebook page for details.
2. Keep using your preventer and hay fever medication as prescribed
This will help to keep your asthma under control and reduce your susceptibility to sudden changes in weather and circulating allergens.
3. Be careful when cleaning up
Cleaning up after the cyclone can pose risks to people with asthma. Mould thrives in a damp, still environment and when disturbed, can asthma to flare up. To clean up safely after the cyclone, please read more here.