Keeping kids with asthma safe during the summer

Asthma worsens during the summer

Summertime and the living is easy, that's what they say right?

However, for people suffering from asthma, the breathing isn't.

Summer brings higher temperatures, humidity, and pressure changes.

Changes in pressure can bring about thunderstorms one day, then dry us out the next. 

Jeana Bush from the Allergy, Asthma, and Sinus Center in Macon says, this see-saw like pattern can be a trigger to those with asthma.

"Thunderstorms, any kind of weather change, any kind of barometric pressure change, can certainly be a trigger for certain asthmatics," Bush said.

Clinical respiratory educator Valerie Fox says the heat of summer can also give rise to asthmatic episodes.

"In the summertime, one thing that we have to be aware of is heat. Heat can trigger their asthma to flare up or cause an episode,” said Fox.

For parents sending their kids off to camp, doctors say to make sure counselors and advisors are educated on camper’s medical conditions.

In the case of asthma, Bush says there are four warning signs to look out for.

"Coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness are the four trigger systems of asthma," Bush said.

Once the warning signs are detected, that is simply the first step. Knowing how to treat asthma with an inhaler is crucial; not only for the child, but the adults at the camp too.

"Stick it in your mouth, puff big deep breathes, hold it, and at 10 let it out and you do the same process again,” said Bush.

According to the CDC, more than six million children and 18 million adults suffer from asthma. That that’s more than 15 percent of the US population.

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