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Does the freeze make you wheeze?

Winter asthma tips Cold winter air can irritate anyone’s lungs. But, if you have a lung condition such as asthma, the winter air may affect you even more. Cold air can cause the airways in your lungs to tighten up, making it more difficult to breathe. Keeping your asthma under control can help to reduce your risks and help you stay active this winter. Exercise has many benefits for your lungs, your general health and for your mood. Stay active this winter Tips to help you stay active in cold air: • Wear a scarf or cold-weather mask around your

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Don’t let asthma put your child on the sideline

young boy sits on sideline at soccer practice

With summertime being full of activity, The Lung Association wants to ensure that the one in five children with asthma keep it under control so they can stay active. If asthma is putting your child on the sideline that is a signal their asthma is not under control. Check your child’s asthma control with these simple questions. Does the child: Have to use a reliever puffer (usually a blue puffer) more than three times a week? Have asthma symptoms more than three times a week? Ever have problems with exercise or sports because of asthma? Wake up one or more

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What makes up air pollution?

As the summer months roll on, we may hear regular air quality or smog alerts in the news. But what exactly happens in order for air pollution levels to be high? Air pollutants come from many sources, such as traffic and vehicle emissions, industrial activities (factories, steel mills, and power plants), residential sources (wood burning, driving the car often), and transboundary sources (from the United States). In the warm summer months, many of these pollutants can linger around in the air, especially if there is little wind movement. There are a number of chemicals that make up air pollution, such

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Five Tips for Clean Air Day


On this Clean Air Day, check out these tips to limit exposure to air pollution: Check the air quality readings in your local area. Visit for your local conditions. On days with poor air quality, stay indoors and keep your windows and doors closed. Reschedule outdoor activities for another day if possible. Carpool or take public transit. Consider biking or walking as alternate ways to get around. Do not use gas or diesel-powered lawn mowers, leaf blowers or gardening equipment as these devices create lots of air pollution. Don’t burn wood or trash. Instead of burning debris, start a

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Keep Your Lungs Safe During All of Your Summer Adventures

For many Ontarians, the spring and summer months are a welcome chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and reconnect with the solitude of nature at campgrounds and cottages. Here are some tips that will help you make the most of the warm weather in a lung-friendly way!   1. Put your mind at ease before you travel to new corners of Ontario by finding out where the nearest emergency medical services are located at your destination. This way, you will be prepared if you have an emergency.   2. Adventure awaits – but make

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Spring Season and Indoor Air Quality

Spring brings warmer weather which encourages Canadians to open the windows and let in the fresh spring air into the home. As well, spring is the perfect time to start some spring cleaning throughout the home. Here are some simple tips to follow for healthy air in the home: Remove clutter such as old books or clothes – these items attract dust and mould. Use air-friendly cleaning products. Mix baking soda and water to form a cleaning paste or mix equal parts lemon juice and water for an effective surface cleaner. Vinegar is also great for cleaning windows and other

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Born With Asthma

I was pretty much born with asthma and allergies. And back then they weren’t even “in style” like they are now. As a young child I had eczema (itchy skin), food allergies, asthma and rhinitis (congestion in the nose). Sometimes they call this the “allergic march”. You start with eczema then food allergies get added, and so on. It wasn’t until I was 21 that I had a severe life-threatening allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. I put a candy in my mouth and immediately felt that typical allergy reaction anyone with numerous food allergies knows all too well. I didn’t even

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