Avoiding an Asthma Attack

Tips on Keeping Your Asthma at Bay

Did you know that high ozone levels can trigger asthma? It’s true, and so can high humidity and even strong winds. For 20 million Americans who experience asthma, these common weather occurrences can be a problem.

Unfortunately, once you have asthma, you usually have it for life; it’s considered a chronic disease. It’s also more serious than many people think: about 5,000 deaths are attributed to asthma annually.

An asthma attack is characterized by inflammation of the bronchial tubes. In an attack, these tubes narrow as the muscles around them tighten. The production of excess mucus is often a factor as well. And don’t think that having mild asthma protects you; even those who believe their asthma is not severe can experience life-threatening episodes at the hands of environmental irritants.

Approximately 60% of all asthma attacks result from environmental triggers such as smoke, pollen and animal dander. While asthma sufferers may be able to minimize their exposure to these irritants, pollen and smog exposure are often unavoidable, and can therefore be very dangerous.

If you’re an asthma sufferer, or you know one, here are some summer-time tips to help you manage your condition as effectively as possible:

June 30, 2006
News Release, American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

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