Tips to Prevent Asthma

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Hi, I'm Dr. Altman. Is asthma allergy attack in the forecast? Hot hazy and humid weather makes it hard for many folks to breath that's true for very young kids, older folks with heart or lung problems and anyone with allergies or asthma. Use these tips to help prevent hot weather breathing problems.

Check the air quality index or AQI it measures five pollutants, ozone carbonmonoxide, sulphurdioxide, nitrogendioxide and particulate matter an AQI over 150 can trigger breathing problem. Stay indoors on a high AQI day and run the air conditioning to help filter the air. Stay indoor when pollen count is high.

Pollen counts tend to be the highest in the early hours and on hot dry days. Go outside after it rains, rain washes away lots of pollen, which is good, but stay indoors if you are allergic to mold spores they increase after a rain shower. If you have to go out when it's hot, humid and hazy take a shower after you get back.

Put on fresh clothes and toss worn ones in the laundry get rid or pollen and pollutants, keep your asthma meds with you, that goes for kids too. Even if you have no symptoms most of the time, polluted air can trigger sudden scary flare ups. I'm Dr. Altman, for more ways to breath better, check out all of our smart tips..