New Haven, Conn. (WTNH) - One of the hottest summers on record has staffers at day camps like Schooner camp vigilant for signs of any health distress.
Executive Director Kristen Andrews says, "Because we're on the water, we're doing a lot of kind of heavy exertion with some of the activities that we do we definitely have kids who have their inhalers with them all the time."
There's reason for concern. Heat induced asthma is keeping Dr. Philip Greenspan busy. People young and old can be pre-disposed to it.
"We're diagnosing patients who are coming in for the first time who are completely quote unquote normally asymptomatic. People who are coming in now with the heat and they feel as if though they can't breathe."
Dr. Greenspan is a pulmonologist at St. Vincent's Medical Center.
Patients are advised to stay indoors but he says, that too create can create problems.
"Especially folks who have dusty, musty places to begin. Pets at home that can also exacerbate their symptoms. They're not getting out. They're not getting the fresh air that they normally would get."
Treatment includes rescue inhalers and inhaled steroids. When it comes to adults and children, look for signs like shortness of breath, wheezing and coughing.
Back at Schooner Camp, Kristen Andrews says, "Being out in the heat is just a really really tough thin on little bodies so even with kids whose parents say it's not an issue, we're always keeping an eye on it because it can crop up at anytime."
That's especially important because kids may not complain about symptoms.
Dr. Greenspan points out that heat induced asthma is just as it is -- induced from the heat itself.
He says that is entirely different from exercise induced asthma when people go out and exert themselves.
Be sure to call a doctor if symptoms occur.
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