This week the Asthma and Allergy Foundation released its top 100 asthma capitals for the year. Lansing was named number 44. And other Michigan cities, including Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Kalamazoo were named in the top 50. Doctor Renu Govindaiah of the Okemos Allergy Center says because Lansing is a very industrial city and because it has no smoking ban there are more effects on asthma sufferers here than in other areas.
"I think second hand smoke as well as first hand smoke are big triggers for asthma. And so is the pollution. When you look at asthma it's not one worse factor. It's individual. It can be a variety of factors."
When a person has asthma their lungs become congested and inflamed, resulting in shortness of breath, chest tightness, coughing and/or wheezing. Doctor Govindaiah warns people to be aware of the symptoms and not to confuse them with a regular cold.
"If it seems like it's lingering or becoming a more daily thing, then you should seek treatment."
Although asthma triggers may be hard to avoid in Lansing, doctors say that is the best thing a person can do to avoid an attack. You can find more information about asthma and its treatments at www.aafa.org.