What Is Thunderstorm Asthma? Make an Appointment Ask a Question Search Conditions This information was reviewed and approved by Laurie A. Manka, MD (5/25/2023). What Is Thunderstorm AsthmaThunderstorms can whip up pollens and concentrate them in the air, increasing the risk of asthma attacks.From the Ground UpWind blows and concentrates pollens and molds, bringing them up into the clouds.Humidity and electricity rupture the pollens and molds, making them smaller in size and more easily inhaled.Gusts of wind disperse the small particles over a large area, affecting people with asthma miles away. Spring and Summer AirDuring the spring and summer, when thunderstorms tend to be more prevalent, a lot of asthma triggering substances are circulating.PollenAir pollution particlesWildfire particles Asthma SymptomsPollen and other asthma triggers are swept up and carried by thunderstorms. A thunderstorm can aggravate symptoms even if you’re miles from the original source of the triggers.CoughingChest tighteningShortness of breath Getting Ahead of Thunderstorm AsthmaTalk to your doctor about an asthma action plan.Maintain control of your asthma by using appropriate inhaler medications.Limit outdoor exposure during and immediately after thunderstorms and severe weather fronts.Target healthier eating and weight goals.More Information on Asthma What Is Asthma?Asthma SymptomsAsthma TreatmentsAsthma TriggersLiving With AsthmaWhat Are Long-Term Control Medications?What Are Quick-Relief Medications?Different Types of Inhaled Medications How To Use Devices For Inhaled MedicationsAsthma MisdiagnosisWhen To See An Asthma SpecialistAdult AsthmaPediatric AsthmaPediatric Exercise Tolerance CenterChildhood Asthma Control TestAsthma Videos You may use this infographic or our What Is Thunderstorm Asthma? (pdf) with permission by completing our content usage request form.