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Air pollution can cause breathing problems for anyone. But people with asthma have a tougher time dealing with it.
Air pollution can lead to an asthma flare-up. This makes it more likely for people with asthma to need to go to the hospital.
You’ve probably heard about the ozone layer and how we need to protect it. The ozone layer is up high in the atmosphere and protects us from the sun’s rays. But there’s a different layer of ozone closer to the ground called ground-level ozone.
Ground-level ozone forms when chemicals from cars, power plants, and factories mix with sunlight. This “ozone pollution” is a main part of smog — the brownish-yellow haze often seen hanging over cities on the horizon. It can irritate the lungs and cause breathing problems.
Particle pollution also makes the air dirty. Particle pollution is created when tiny bits of dust, dirt, smoke, soot, and other stuff hang in the air. The smaller the particles, the deeper they can get into the lungs and cause breathing problems.
If air pollution makes your asthma worse, ask your mom or dad to look up the weather report for you. On days when the air pollution level is high, run the air conditioning. If you plan to be outside, do it early in the day. The rest of the time, stay inside. And avoid places where there’s a lot of traffic.
If you play a sport that has outside practices during hot weather, talk to the coach about what you can do to stay out of dirty air. This may mean you need to work out in an air-conditioned gym or miss some practices. If you do end up working out, inside or out, make sure that you have your quick-relief medicines (also called rescue or fast-acting medicines) with you.
Take a look inside a person’s lungs when asthma is making it hard to breathe.
Asthma means breathing problems. Find out what’s going on in the lungs and how to stay healthy, if you have it.
Weather can affect a person’s asthma. Find out how in this article for kids.
If you have asthma, certain things may cause you to cough and have trouble breathing. Find out more about asthma triggers in this article for kids.
Packing for a trip? If you have asthma, you’ll want to be prepared so breathing trouble doesn’t spoil your fun. Find out more in this article for kids.
Asthma makes it hard to breathe. Find out more in this article for kids.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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