People from East or South Asian backgrounds who emigrate to Australia are at greater risk of developing asthma attacks and other allergies, according to a Victorian government health report.
The director of respiratory medicine at Monash University's Eastern Health Clinical School, Professor Frank Thien, was one of the scientists involved in the research.
"People of Asian origin and of Indian origin who come to Australia and immigrate to Australia have an increased risk of allergies, especially hay fever and asthma, and this risk increases with the duration of their stay in Australia," said Professor Thien.
Extreme weather events also dramatically increased risk.
Anna Kim Anderson first had an asthma attack eight years ago during a thunderstorm in Melbourne.
"I had difficulty breathing, I had a bit of gasp in my tight chest, and since I've never had asthma, I did not understand what it was," said Ms. Anderson, who had her first asthma attack in 201
Anna Kim Anderson experienced her first asthma attack in 2010.
After this first attack in 2010, Ms. Anderson suffered another storm storm in 2016.
When she reached the hospital, she realized that she was not alone.
"I had no oxygen, they took me straight to the ICU, there was a whole room full of Asians and Indians who had suffered the same Attack as me."
Nearly 40 percent of the patients who were injured during the Storm's 2016 in emergency rooms with asthma symptoms were born in East Asia or on the Indian subcontinent.
Of the 10 people who died during the disaster, six were of East Asian and South Asian descent.
Analysts are still not sure why these groups are more susceptible to allergies, but studies show that even Australian-born Asian parents are more likely to develop allergies than people with non-Asian parents. 19659002] Research suggests genetic predispositions as well as exposure t • Different pollens and grasses from these parts of Asia could significantly contribute.