Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Here's news I can't even rant about...

...except to say that I probably *shouldn't* live in suburban New Jersey with an asthmatic toddler. But, you know, I just moved, so packing up and heading to Arizona just doesn't seem appealing right now.

But what a drag: my first blog post, and I can't even drag my soap box out for a good lengthy rant.

Nevermind. I'm sure you'll hear plenty from me in the near future.

Here's the story -- and I might add that our pulmonologist could have told us all this:

TUESDAY, June 22 (HealthDayNews) -- Changes in weather may influence rates of asthma and eczema in children, says a study in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

The study of nearly 670,000 children concluded that season-to-season variations in temperature, humidity, altitude, and latitude all affected asthma and eczema rates.

Researchers at the University of Ulm, Germany, analyzed data collected between 1992 and 1996 from children ages 6-7 and ages 12-13 in more than 50 countries. The study found that, in Western Europe, every 10 percent increase in indoor humidity was associated with a 2.7 percent increase in asthma rates for both age groups.

House dust mites, a major allergen for asthmatics, thrive in moist air. Humidity also encourages the growth of mold, a possible respiratory irritant.

Lower rates of asthma were identified in areas where the average outdoor humidity drops below 50 percent for at least one month a year. Lower rates of asthma were also associated with higher altitude and greater seasonal temperature variations.

Higher rates of eczema were associated with increasing latitude, while lower eczema rates were associated with higher outdoor temperatures.

This link between climate and asthma and eczema suggests that climate change caused by global warming may influence rates of these diseases in the future, the study authors wrote.

1 comment:

Donna said...

I know that for me, even though I'm not a toddler, I have trouble breathing every time the weather changes. I don't mean from hot to cold, but from Fall to Winter to Spring to Summer. I always have a problem for the first few days during the change of the season. I have an inhaler for when I need it, but the breathing problem doesn't seem to last long.

If I am having a bad day, then I need the air conditioner. It takes some of the moisture out of the air, if you don't have the thermostat set on 70,but then my sinuses do better in the heat. Dry heat I can't handle, so Arizona probably wouldn’t be a good place to live for me, though North Carolina isn’t helping me either. There has to either be cold air from the outside, or air conditioner and some humidity in the room. On the other hand I’m allergic to everything; grass, trees, dust, mold, dogs, cat’s and pollen. Well that is just about everything. So, I really can't win.

When I was growing up in Up State New York, my parents would have the wood burning stove going and the furnace. I would have to retreat to my room and open a window and shut the heating vents. I would have a blanket and sleeping bag to cover up with and that is how I slept. I still need the cold today. My husband on the other hand, has to have it warm.

So I guess what I am trying to say is, I don't do a lot of drugs unless I really need them. Then sometimes it is too late, but I hate taking drugs. It gets to the point that they don’t even work after awhile.