Health Watch — Clean Air: Ozone
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May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month and Clean Air Month, and before the month comes to an end, let’s spend the week on Health Watch talking about air quality. When the weather gets warmer, ozone pollution becomes more of a problem.
Dr. David Khan, an allergist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says you should check the air quality before exercising or playing outside. Ozone smog can cause wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath and asthma attacks. Children, the elderly and people with asthma or other lung diseases are most likely to have problems with high ozone levels. On high ozone days, it’s best to play or exercise indoors. If you do go out, try to avoid high-traffic areas, and do outdoor activities earlier in the morning. Ozone levels increase with sunlight and auto emissions.
Visithttp://www.utsouthwestern.org/allergy to learn more about UT Southwestern’s clinical services in allergies.
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