Excessive Heat, Wildfires, and Lung Disease

posted Jul 22, 2016, 6:12 AM by Ryan Quinn
The excessive heat is hard on everyone but it’s especially tough on those with lung disease.

Dona Wininsky of the American Lung Association in Wisconsin says It’s like a sunburn in your lungs, describing the effects of ozone. 

And she says the current heat wave could directly impact more than a million Wisconsinites who have existing lung diseases. High ozone levels become a concern, and heat waves also contribute to particle pollution. 

Wininsky says heat dries everything out, and that creates an increased chance of wildfire, which cause particle pollution.
Particle pollution can cause respiratory illness, cardiovascular harm, cancer, and early death. Ozone pollution can cause asthma attacks and respiratory illness.
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