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Health Tip: Air Pollution

People with lung problems most susceptible

(HealthDayNews) -- Air pollution does more than damage the environment -- it can damage your health.

While everyone can suffer the ill effects of poor air quality, people with lung and breathing problems are much more sensitive to airborne irritants, the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) says.

Before they go outside, people with pulmonary problems should check news reports about air pollution, mold and pollen counts. It may be necessary to wear a mask that filters out harmful particles in the air. Going out early in the morning can reduce your exposure to pollutants.

If there's a Stage II pollution alert in your city, stay indoors as much as possible. You may be able to go outside for short periods, but you should limit your activities. If there is a Stage III alert, it's not safe for you to go outside at all, the AARC says.

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