Hay fever (allergic rhinitis) commonly coexists with asthma, especially in people who have a genetic tendency to developing allergic diseases.1

Around 1 in 4 people with allergic rhinitis also have asthma2 and around 4 in 5 people with asthma have allergic rhinitis3.

Hay fever can be a risk factor for asthma4

Symptoms of asthma may include:5

  • Continuing cough
  • Wheezing
  • Chest tightness
  • Breathlessness

If you have any of the symptoms above, speak to your healthcare professional.

People with hay fever may be at risk of thunderstorm asthma

If you have springtime hay fever, with or without asthma, you may be at risk of asthma flare ups (asthma attack) triggered by certain thunderstorms. Thunderstorm-triggered asthma can occur in allergic individuals when they inhale air that contains high concentrations of ryegrass pollen allergens during certain thunderstorms in springtime or early summer in south eastern Australia4, 6.

To learn about how best to protect yourself, speak to your healthcare professional or click here to learn more.

Having hay fever can make asthma worse

If you have both hay fever and asthma, remember that your hay fever can affect your asthma. It is important that you manage your hay fever effectively as this can impact your asthma control.6

Speak to your healthcare professional for advice on how best to manage hay fever and asthma effectively. Try a doctor