Dr Bassett recently appeared on Fox 5 NY to discuss how to protect your lungs on hot, humid days.  Here are some important ways to protect your lungs, especially if you have allergies and asthma and feel worse when the weather is “extreme” like we have seen recently due to record breaking temperatures and high humidity levels.

Dr Bassett recently appeared on Fox 5 NY to discuss how to protect your lungs on hot, humid days.

  1. Consider indoor activities and exercise on hot, high pollen and humid days
  2. Watch out for “ozone alert” days, when your lungs need to work even harder
  3. Keep your prescription asthma rescue inhaler with you at all times
  4. Know the signs of an asthma attack as well as heat related symptoms
  5. Lose weight, more than half of ER visits for asthma are seen in obese individuals in some studies
  6. Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated during hot weather time periods
  7. Make sure you have an allergist directed asthma action plan in place to prevent “attacks”: www.allergyandasthmarelief.org.
  8. Remember, heat and humidity can make it more difficult to keep your body cool and comfortable, to avoid your body systems from working harder, increasing your need for oxygen.
  9. Change your air conditioner filters frequently during peak summer and allergy season.
  10. Treat your underlying seasonal allergies that will also help fight and prevent asthma, too.