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Drastic temperature changes tied to increase in asthma attacks

Asthma is a common respiratory condition affecting approximately 18.9 million American adults and 7.1 million children, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. Though tools such as inhalers or medical-grade air purifiers like the IQAir HealthPro Plus in the home can curb asthma's effects, new information highlights how much of a role the weather plays in incidents. 

WSOCTV 9 reports that the temperature swing occurring in many parts around the U.S. is leading to major issues for people with asthma. Dr. Thomas Humphries, a local Charlotte, N.C., physician, told the news station that changes in temperature, or going from hot to cold or vice versa in a short period of time, can trigger issues with the lungs. 

According to Humphries a simple act of leaving a warm home and hitting the pavement on a jog in slightly colder weather can lead to asthma complications, while a stretch of early warm weather can spark spring allergies and pollen, thus kicking asthma issues into high gear. 

The physician points out that people with asthma may experience early symptoms of an attack during the spring months that include day and nighttime coughing, wheezing or a heaviness in the chest.