Rutgers Prof Offers Tips for Asthma Sufferers in Summer Heat
High temperatures, thick humidity and increased ozone pose a higher health risk to people with asthma.
We're on day three of stifling heat and high humidity and still have a long summer of heat ahead.
A Rutgers University professor has offers guidelines to avoid medical complications that increased heat and humidity pose for asthma sufferers.
Dr. Leonard Bielory, an allergy specialist with the Rutgers Center of Environmental Prediction at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, offered the following tips for asthma sufferers:
- Minimize strenuous outdoor physical activity in excessive heat and humidity, particularly sports that require short bursts of energy, like baseball, football and gymnastics.
- Take prescribed medications by your allergist or immunologist at recommended doses.
- Use air conditioning in the home and car to stay cool and dry.
- Air out tents, tree houses or other confined quarters where mold spores could trigger an asthma attack.
- Shower and wash your hair every night before going to bed to remove allergens from your hair and avoid them getting on your pillow.
“More than 90% of pediatric and half of adult asthma attacks are caused by environmental allergens and irritants such as smoke, pollen and animal dander,” Bielory said, in the release.
Allergy and asthmas suffers will have to stick out the weather for one more day this week, as a heat advisory continues through Friday, with temperatures expected to go as high as 94 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the National Weather Service forecast.
Showers and thunderstorms are expected on Friday afternoon and evening, leading to a cooler, sunnier Saturday, with a high around 87, the forecast said.