What Is Thunderstorm Asthma? Make an Appointment Ask a Question Search Conditions Reviewed by Laurie A. Manka, MD (May 26, 2023) This information has been reviewed and approved by Laurie Manka, MD (May 2023). Want to use this on your website? Fill out the content usage request form and then copy this code: What Is Thunderstorm Asthma Thunderstorms can whip up pollens and concentrate them in the air, increasing the risk of asthma attacks. From the Group Up Wind 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 Air During the spring and summer, when thunderstorms tend to be more prevalent, a lot of asthma triggering substances are circulating. Pollen Air pollution particles Wildfire particles Asthma Symptoms Pollen 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. Coughing Chest tightening Shortness of breath Getting Ahead of Thunderstorm Asthma Talk 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 Symptoms Asthma Treatments Asthma Triggers Living With Asthma Asthma Action Plan What Are Long-Term Control Medications? What Are Quick-Relief Medications? Different Types of Inhaled Medications How To Use Devices For Inhaled Medications Asthma Misdiagnosis When To See An Asthma Specialist Adult Asthma Pediatric Asthma Pediatric Exercise Tolerance Center Childhood Asthma Control Test Asthma Videos You may use this infographic or our What Is Thunderstorm Asthma? (pdf) with permission by completing our content usage request form.