Friday, May 2, 2014

Secondhand smoke is #1 trigger for asthma

May is Asthma Awareness Month. This chronic respiratory disease affects over 25 million people, 7 million are children. While there is no cure for asthma, it can be controlled. Besides medical treatment, environmental control is the biggest factor a person can do to manage asthma.

Asthma is an inflammation of the lining of the delicate tissues in the airways in your lungs which make it difficult to breathe. It is a serious and possibly life threatening disease. Every day there are 30,000 asthma attacks with 5,000 going to the emergency room and 1,000 are admitted to the hospital. While there are many things that can trigger an attack, secondhand smoke is the #1 trigger.  While there is no cure, asthma can be controlled.

If your child has asthma, stop smoking. If you refuse to quit, stop smoking around your children and change your clothes after smoking - yes, the harmful chemicals from smoke cling to your clothes. Smokers who don't want to quit will say, "You got to die of something, it might as well be something I enjoy."

Last year 7 children in San Bernardino county died from asthma. It's one thing to not care about your own health but do you really want to be responsible for the health of your child with asthma, possibly making their disease worse?

To learn more about how you can control asthma visit The American Lung Association website.

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