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Summer Air Pollution Hightens Asthma
Written by Lindsey Watson
Last updated on July 24, 2013 @ 6:30PM
Created on July 24, 2013 @ 5:54PM

Clean air is an important health concern for all of us.

But when you have asthma, air quality outdoors can make all the difference in the world.

It's time to clear the air for asthma suffers. Believe it or not, but for nearly 26-million Americans, unhealthy air can create a difficult breathing barrier to over come.

When asthma strikes, your airways become constricted and swollen. Your chest feels tight, and you just can't seem to catch your breath.

An asthma "trigger" is anything that makes it difficult for you to breathe.

Local doctors tell 5 News that in the summer months, extreme temperatures, mixed with high pollen and impurities in the air cause a majority of asthma attacks that get treated almost daily, and as 5 News learned on Wednesday, asthma can't be cured, it can be only be controlled.

"Any little irritant can tip off the lungs causing bronco-spasm inflammation, which will basically cause the flare in the asthma that the
patients have. Especially in the summer months when it gets hot, and the air pollutants are out, along with the increased pollen and dust." said Fairmont General Hospital Emergency Department Medical Director Christopher Edwards.

Edwards also told 5 News that just knowing the current air quality outside can help you plan your day outdoors, which will help you protect your health

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