Asthma triggers in your home
02
September

By Adem Lewis / in , , , /


BILL O’BRIEN AS THEY PREVIEW THE BIG GAME.>>GOING BEYOND THE DIAGNOSIS TO GET TO THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM, THAT IS WHAT ONE LOCAL HOSPITAL IS DOING FOR FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN WHO SUFFER FROM ASTHMA. CHANNEL 2 HEALTH REPORTER HALEY HERNANDEZ IS LIVE. SO, HALEY, DOCTORS ACTUALLY GO HOME WITH THE PATIENTS TO PINPOINT SOME OF THE TRIGGERS?>>Reporter: SO THE DOCTORS ACTUALLY REFER CASE WORKERS TO COME OUT HERE, AND THIS IS ALL FUNDED BY THE EPISCOPAL HEALTH FOUNDATION. THEY ARE IS TRYING TO GET TO THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM TO FIGURE OUT WHAT INSIDE PEOPLE’S HOMES IS CAUSING KIDS TO GET SICK. TODAY, WE WALKED THROUGH ONE OF THESE APARTMENTS WITH ONE OF THESE CASE WORKERS THAT I WAS MENTIONING TO FIND OUT WHAT WAS TRIGGERING A LITTLE BOY’S ASTHMA. 14-YEAR-OLD ANGEL HAS SEVERE ASTHMA. HE TAKES THESE MEDICATIONS MULTIPLE TIMES A DAY AND HAS VISITED THE EMERGENCY ROOM DURING EXTREME ATTACKS>>IT’S ALL BAD. ALL THAT DID YOU SAY AND STUFF THAT’S IN THE CARPET, WE WANT TO GET RID OF.>>Reporter: THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT THE NORTHWEST ASSISTANT MINISTRY CLINIC RECOMMENDS. BELLA ADAM AND EVES SAYS THE EXCESSIVE ATTACKS IS WHY SHE SUSPECTS SOMETHING INSIDE HIS HOME IS CAUSING THE BREATHING PROBLEMS.>>MOLD CAN BE ONE OF THE TRIGGERS, SO CARPETED AREAS OR COCKROACHES OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT THAT MIGHT BE TIME TO INVESTIGATE THE HOME.>>Reporter: THEN THE CLINIC SENDS CASE WORKERS LIE SHERRI TO WORK WITH THE FAMILY TO MAKE CHANGES.>>REPLACE THE MATTRESSES AND THE PADDING AROUND THE MATTRESSES.>>WHITE IS ABLE TO RECOMMEND CHANGES BECAUSE THE EPISCOPAL HEALTH FOUNDATION GIVES $125,000 IN FUNDING FOR THE PATIENTS’ NECESSITIES.>>THIS IS UPSTREAM WORK, IT’S PREVENTIVE WORK.>>Reporter: TODAY, WHITE FOUND THE AIR FILTERS, CARPET AND BATHROOMS ARE CONTRIBUTING TO HIS ILLNESS.>>IF YOU LOOK IN THE BATHROOM, ONE OF THE BIGGEST THINGS WE FOUND WATT MOLD AROUND THE BATHROOM, SO THAT’S SOMETHING THAT WE WORK WITH THEM AND THEY TOLD US THAT THEY WERE ACTUALLY GOING THROUGH THE STEPS TO REMIGHT HAVE THE MOLDING, AND YOU NOTICE AROUND THE SINK AND AREAS, EVERYTHING HE’S TOUCHING IS TRIGGERING HIS ASTHMA AS WELL.>>THEY ARE WORKING WITH THIS APARTMENT COMPLEX TO TRY AND GET NEW LINING AROUND THE BATHROOM, NEW CARPETS. THE COMPLEX COULDN’T TELL ME WHEN THEY WERE GOING TO GET AROUND TO DOING THAT, BUT WHITE SAYS SHE BELIEVES THAT THEY WILL GET TO WORKING ON IT AFTER THE NEW YEAR.


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