Asthma Attacks Increasing In Cold Air

By: Greg Gullberg Email
By: Greg Gullberg Email

The good news is the cold air coming in is reducing your allergies.
The bad news - it's increasing asthma attacks.

A Valdosta allergist tells Eyewitness News reporter Greg Gullberg that asthma is triggered by exposure to the cold air.
As the temperature drops - asthma attacks rise.
What happens is the bronchial tubes clog up - blocking air flow from the lungs.
People are especially vulnerable when they have head colds, are exercising, or are inhaling smoke of any kind.

"I warn them to make sure that they take their medicine everyday as they're prescribed. Especially preventive medicine. They do not need to stop. If they're out of the inhaler they need to go back and fill up," allergist Fauzia Durrani tells Gullberg.

The symptoms of asthma are coughing, wheezing, accelerated breathing and shortness of breath.

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