It is ozone season and although many of us would rather ignore the warnings on a nice hot summer day, acting responsibly is necessary. Twenty million people in the U.S. are estimated to have asthma. This includes 6.3 million children. Asthma is the leading cause of school absenteeism due to chronic illness, and during the past 20 years, the number of school absences due to asthma has more than doubled.
Ever wonder why so many of our children seem to have more allergies than what we experienced? Ozone may be the culprit. A substantial amount of research has verified that ozone can aggravate and even cause asthma. When ozone levels are high, lung capacity is reduced, causing more people to become sensitive to indoor and outdoor allergies, resulting in asthma attacks that require a doctor's attention or the use of additional medication.