Wednesday, July 06, 2011

EPA Issues Press Release On Reducing Asthma Attacks During Summer

US Air Quality Index Map-1/23/2009Image via WikipediaThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warns that hot weather can cause ozone levels to rise, making the air unhealthy to breathe, especially for people with asthma or other respiratory ailments.  Throughout the hot summer months, it’s important to pay close attention to the air quality. Like the weather, air quality can change from day to day or even hour to hour, and can have a serious affect on people’s health.
The Air Quality Index uses a color-coded system to display whether the five major air pollutants exceed air quality standards for the day.  When the Air Quality Index reports unhealthy levels, people, particularly asthmatics and others with respiratory ailments, should limit strenuous outdoor activities.

During the summer when ozone levels rise, the number of people with asthma related symptoms admitted to hospitals and emergency rooms increases.   Asthma rates – especially among children – have increased dramatically.  Asthma affects 25 million people in the United States, including seven million children.  That’s 8 percent of the population.  One out of every 10 school-aged children is affected. In addition to talking with health care providers, these steps can help prevent an asthma episode:

For information on EPA’s regional asthma program and other asthma triggers please see: http://www.epa.gov/asthma/awm
To hear an audio podcast about asthma: http://www.epa.gov/region2/mediacenter/podcast.html
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