Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Hot weather makes asthma worse

Rick Swearingen, MD, medical director of a local urgent care here in the Chandler area—Catholic Healthcare West’s Urgent Care—says the hot weather makes asthma worse for kids.

Ninety percent of kids with asthma have allergies, he says. As the weather heats up, pollen proliferates.

If you or your child suffers from asthma, try to avoid being outside at dawn and dusk—pollen levels are highest then.

Shower before bed to wash off allergens.

Keep windows closed at night—and AC on.

Eliminate dust catchers in the bedroom—stuffed animals, pillows.

Vacuum carpets twice a week—empty the bag.

Wash drapes and dust ruffles frequently.

Take off shoes when you come in to keep from tracking in pollen.

Change air filters a lot.

I would say to also make sure all medications are well balanced and effective and be sure they make it to camp along with proper instructions.

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