Air Quality Awareness - Asthma Awareness Clean Air Tips

Thursday, May 17, 2012 - Know When You Can Breath Easy. May is Asthma Awareness Month. If you have asthma, you're among the millions of people more at risk from both particle pollution and ozone. Here's why: particle pollution can penetrate deep into the lungs, aggravating lung disease, triggering asthma attacks and bronchitis, and increasing susceptibility to respiratory infections. Ozone can inflame the airways, reduce lung function and make people more sensitive to allergens - all of which can be problems for people with asthma.

You can reduce your exposure to pollution by checking the Air Quality Index forecast for your area. If you have asthma, pay close attention when the forecast is for "code orange" (or even "code yellow" for some people). That's when it's a good idea to change your exercise plans so you don't breathe in as much pollution. Do something easier, for a shorter time, or at a time when the air quality is better. And make sure you follow your asthma action plan.

Read more with EPA's Flyer: Asthma and Outdoor Air Pollution

Get AQI forecasts on the go! Download the AirNow app.

More info: AirNow.gov

See the NOAA Air Quality Forecast Guidance