mother sits by her child's bedside at Children's Hospital in Dallas.
The signs of ozone exposure are coursing through the asthmatic child's
summer, we had so many bad (ozone) days in a row, it really affected
our asthmatic children," says registered respiratory therapist
at Children's Hospital, Walters encourages asthmatic kids to have
a normal life and remain active. But, with the ozone threat, that
is not always possible. She says when ozone problems occur several
days in a row, you have to keep kids inside.
to figures from the Dallas office of the American Lung Association,
an estimated 220,000 people suffer from asthma in Dallas, Tarrant,
Collin and Denton counties, and another 220,000 people suffer from
other respiratory diseases.
says the ozone problem affects not only people with respiratory
illnesses, but also those with neuromuscular diseases.
before the ozone warning program was implemented, ozone-related
health problems contributed to crowded emergency rooms.