NBC News just recently published an very informative article on their website titled, “Mold, mice and zip codes: Inside the childhood asthma epidemic” written by Linda Carroll, NBC News contributor who publicized the effect of low-income areas and severe asthma symptoms. Linda brought up several asthma triggers in communities inhabited by the poor, including cockroaches, mice, dust and mold. The link between the poor and asthma became even more evident when a couple other NBC News reporters visited a couple low income neighborhoods in New York City. Along with this, these NBC reporters expose the main reasons why parents in these areas can’t or won’t take their children to the doctors. You can read and watch the full story by clicking the link above to their official website.
After reading this specific news story, Dr. Luke Webb provides his input on this issue and reviews this NBC News article from an Asthma and Allergy Associates Physician’s perspective below. Not only does Dr. Webb want all of his AACOS patient’s to learn more about the asthma and poverty relationship, he also wants his clients to make sure their practices here in Colorado Springs are taken care of and on the right track. Dr. Luke Webb had this to say:
“Allergic triggers such as molds, mouse, cockroach, dust mites and pet dander are among the most potent asthma triggers. Many of these are common allergens indoors here in Colorado. In poorer, urban areas, these allergens are often found in even higher levels. These allergens coupled with diesel exhaust exposure in homes closely situated to busy roads or with high levels of pollution, in general, put children at highest risk of asthma flares. Other important factors that can make asthma more difficult to control include obesity, inactivity and vitamin D deficiency. The (above) article highlights a strong link between low-income neighborhoods and increased rates of asthma and asthma exacerbations. Finding out what you are allergic to and discovering other important factors for loss of asthma control are critical to minimizing asthma’s control on your life.”