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What should I do when ozone levels are unhealthy?

Allergy & Asthma Network – Summer is a time for fun, but as temperatures skyrocket and air becomes stagnant, ozone and air pollution rise to dangerous levels and prolonged exposure can cause respiratory problems for everyone.

Harmful ozone is the chemical formed when emissions called hydrocarbons and nitrous oxides from motor vehicles, power plants or some industries interact with sunlight. And while you can’t taste, touch or smell ozone, you can FEEL it as it irritates sensitive body tissue causing stinging eyes, shortness of breath, chest pain, wheezing and coughing.

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