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NSW Health warns parents to protect their kids from asthma attacks during Sydney heatwave

By Ellie McDonald
With temperatures set to soar into the high thirties in the CBD and climb as high as 40˚C in Sydney’s western suburbs, health authorities are warning the public of poor air quality amid today's scorching weather conditions.
In a statement released by NSW Health, director of environmental health branch Dr Ben Scalley advises people to be alert of the link between high temperatures and ozone pollution caused by car exhaust and industrial fumes.
“Ozone levels are higher outdoors than indoors, so parents should limit the time their children with asthma play outside as they are more susceptible to the effects of ozone pollution,” Dr Scalley says.“Ozone levels reach their peak around 7pm in the evening and tend to be lowest in the morning, so it’s best to plan outdoor play in the morning when the day is cooler.”
“Asthma sufferers need to follow their Asthma Action Plan and take their relieving medication where necessary. If symptoms get worse, asthma sufferers need to seek medical advice.”
This comes just six weeks after Melbourne’s ”freak” thunderstorm asthma event that claimed the lives of eight people.
Thunderstorm asthma occurs when a storms stirs up pollen in the air and can impact people who don’t usually suffer from asthma.
One in 10 Australians have asthma, and it is most common in women over the age of 15.
If you, or someone you know, is experiencing asthmatic symptoms or is having trouble breathing during this heatwave, seek medical assistance immediately.

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