Asthmatic Kay Goodwin from Maryborough says the change of season, especially winter, is a difficult time.
Asthmatic Kay Goodwin from Maryborough says the change of season, especially winter, is a difficult time. Alistair Brightman

Spike in hospitalisations expected due to asthma

WINTER is a hibernation season for some - especially asthma sufferers who are forced to stay home, tucked under their warm blankets.

Kay Goodwin is one of them, suffering from chronic asthma which worsens during winter.

The 56-year-old from Maryborough was born with the ailment.

National Asthma Council Australia is warning people who suffer from asthma to be vigilant during winter, with hospitalisations due to asthma expected to spike in June, particularly for adults above 65 years.

Ms Goodwin said the change of season, especially winter, was a difficult time.

"I can't walk too far and can't do housework. It stuffs me up from doing anything," she said.

Another chronic asthma sufferer is eight-year-old Delys Drinkwater, who was diagnosed with the illness at 18 months of age.

Her mother, Renee Triffitt, said during winter the condition worsens and, in the past week, Delys had been in and out of hospital three times.

"During winter, she's up half the night and we give her up to 12 puffs a night," Ms Triffitt said.

"She's very wheezy and can't tell us she's got asthma because she also suffers from global development disease, a mental disorder."

Hervey Bay mum Renee Triffitt says her asthmatic daughter Delys Drinkwater, 8, suffers more in winter.
Hervey Bay mum Renee Triffitt says her asthmatic daughter Delys Drinkwater, 8, suffers more in winter. Brendan Bufi