Extreme heat can create extra breathing difficulties

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – The extreme hot weather can be dangerous for anyone, but people with chronic lung disease will have extra difficulties.

That’s according to Respiratory Therapist at Union Health Jimmy McKanna.

The symptoms may sneak up on you faster, especially when going from air-conditioning to no air-conditioning.

Also, the humidity in the air creates a problem.

“The high humidity level actually will cause an increase amount of resistance in your airways, so it’s actually harder to get the air in and out. So, if you have a little bit of a problem already, you’re going to feel it even more during the high humidity times,” says McKanna.

He recommends people with chronic lung disease to stay in air-conditioning, if possible. If you must go out, he says take someone with you.

He also says it’s always good to have a rescue inhaler and remember to stay hydrated.

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