By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , /



BEN: THREE YEARS AGO, SHE DIED
FROM AN ASTHMA ATTACK JUST FEET
FROM THE EMERGENCY ROOM ENTRANCE
AT SOMERVILLE HOSPITAL. NOW LAURA DEMARCO’S HUSBAND HAS
A WARNING FOR EVERYONE LIVING
WITH ASTHMA. BEN DEMARCO WANTS PEOPLE TO KNOW
THAT THE RISK OF HAVING AN
ASTHMA ATTACK IS INCREDIBLY HIGH
, THIS WEEK IN PARTICULAR. EMILY IS HERE NOW TO EXPLAIN
WHAT PEAK WEEK MEANS
I HAVE NEVER HEARD ABOUT THIS.>>DOCTORS SAY THIS WEEK IS
TRADITIONALLY WHEN THEY SEES THE
MOST ASTHMA ATTACKS. ACCORDING TO THE ASTHMA AND
ALLERGY FOUNDATION OF AMERICA, A
PERFECT STORM OF ELEMENTS MAKE
THE THIRD WEEK OF SEPTEMBER THE
WORST WEEK FOR ASTHMA ATTACKS. WHAT’S TO BLAME? IT’S HIGH RAGWEED SEASON IT
LASTS INTO EARLY OCTOBER. FOR MOST OF US THAT MEANS
SNEEZING AND COUGHING BUT FOR
ASTHMA PATIENTS IT CAN TRIGGER
ATTACKS. SEPTEMBER’S ALSO A CRITICAL
MONTH BECAUSE OF BACK TO SCHOOL
WHEN KIDS ARE EXPOSED TO VIRUSES
AND OTHER ASTHMA TRIGGERS. DOCTORS SAY THERE ARE WAYS TO
PROTECT YOURSELF. FIRST, STOCK UP ON INHALERS AND
MAKE SURE NEBULIZERS ARE FILLED. CHECK YOUR INHALERS EVERY MONTH
TO SEE HOW MUCH IS LEFT AND
WHETHER IT’S PAST ITS EXPIRATION
DATE. IF YOUR CHILD HAS ASTHMA, MAKE
SURE THEY ALWAYS HAVE THEIR
INHALER, AND THE SCHOOL NURSE
HAS A BACKUP. AND MAKE SURE THE SCHOOL HAS AN
ASTHMA ACTION PLAN. ANOTHER TIP, AVOID ASTHMA
TRIGGERS. BE SURE TO CHANGE CLOTHES WHEN
YOU COME IN FROM BEING OUTSIDE. KEEP WINDOWS CLOSED. SHOWER BEFORE BED AND USE AN
ASTHMA FRIENDLY AIR FILTER. DOCTORS ALSO SAY TRY YOUR BEST
TO NOT GET SICK. WASH HANDS OFTEN, AVOID TOUCHING
YOUR EYES, NOSE AND MOUTH. DEFINITELY GET A FLU SHOT. THESE ARE THINGS YOU CAN DO TO
PREVENT AN ASTHMA ATTACK IN THE
FIRST PLACE.


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