Welcome to North Shore Health Department North Shore Health Department Highlights 12/11/2018 Did you know? According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, eight percent of Wisconsin residents have asthma. Milwaukee County has the highest rate of asthma-related emergency department visits in Wisconsin. Asthma is a chronic disease that can be managed with lifestyle changes and medication. Asthma causes episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and nighttime or early morning coughing. Common triggers for asthma symptoms include air pollution, pollen, pet dander and smoking. For some individuals, cold weather can trigger asthma symptoms. Cold air causes the lungs to become inflamed and fill with mucus, causing breathing difficulties. If your asthma symptoms worsen in winter, talk to your doctor about adjusting your medication plan for these months. Wear a scarf loosely over your nose and mouth and try to breath in through your nose, giving the air you breathe a chance to warm and humidify. If your asthma is under control you should not experience any symptoms, even on the coldest days. Regularly review your asthma action plan with your doctor to make sure to effectively control your asthma during all times of the year. To learn more about asthma, visit the CDC’s webpage at: https://www.cdc.gov/asthma/default.htm Missed the highlights? Click here to view previous highlights.