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Bad Air Quality Increases Risk Of Allergies & Asthma

Bad Air Quality Increases Risk Of Allergies & Asthma

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FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. (KMPH) -

No rain for the Valley means more bad air.

"Well it's some of the worst air quality we have seen in at least 10 years, and without any wind or rain, it just continues to pile upon us, and gets worse and worse," according to Physicians Assistant, Michael Ginsberg.

According to Doctors at the "Baz Allergy, Asthma, and Sinus Center," the worse the air gets, the harder it is for people to breathe.

They say bad air quality attacks membranes in the nose, sinuses and lungs; triggering allergies and, especially asthma.  

For 18-year-old Dominick Ramos, he says the bad air has him reaching for his inhaler more and more.

"Its kind of bad, I don't like it. We go out of town to like Shaver, and that air is like real nice, and when we come back here its like blah," said Ramos.

Ramos has had asthma since he was two.

As an avid Baseball player, Ramos says bad air plays a big role in his life.

"My chest starts to like tighten up, and it's harder to breathe, and I start wheezing, and things like that," said Ramos.

Doctors say the number of patients like Ramos has spiked since the drought.

"We get people coming in everyday with chronic drainage, chronic cough, uncontrolled asthma, sinus headaches, and reoccurring infections... things hard to treat, hard to get under control," said Ginsberg.

Asthma typically hits kids, but with the Valley air, Doctors say anyone is vulnerable.

Doctors advise looking out for symptoms including; coughing, shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, red or itchy eyes, swelling around the eyes, fatigue, and throat clearing.

"If you have problems, come in and have an evaluation. Find out what you are allergic to. Treat the allergies aggressively, and that can prevent the onset of asthma. If you do have asthma, getting on the proper medication can help keep it under control," said Ginsberg.

Until the air quality improves, Doctors recommend staying indoors as much as possible.

Inside the home, make sure your filters and carpets are clean.

Doctors recommend Saline irrigation and a humidifier.

Up to 50% humidity inside the house can help ease symptoms caused by pollution.

Doctors say living outside the city can help reduce your exposure to pollution, but it doesn't keep you safe from pollens and other allergy causing agents.

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