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Thunderstorm asthma — a timely reminder

Megan L Howden, Christine F McDonald and Michael F Sutherland
Med J Aust 2011; 195 (9): 512-513. || doi: 10.5694/mja11.11044
Published online: 7 November 2011

To the Editor: The approach of spring, together with high winter rainfall in and around Melbourne,1 heralds another severe pollen season, raising the risk of allergic rhinitis and asthma in pollen-sensitive individuals. It is therefore timely to report an epidemic of “thunderstorm asthma” that occurred in Melbourne during spring 2010.

  • Megan L Howden
  • Christine F McDonald
  • Michael F Sutherland

  • Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, Austin Health, Melbourne, VIC.


Competing interests:

Christine McDonald has received funding (for advisory board membership, research and conference attendance) from GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca and Novartis. Michael Sutherland has received honoraria for lectures from AstraZeneca and Stallergenes.

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