When was the last time you bought an album? It’s probably been a while. More likely, you’ve been listening to the latest radio hit via streaming on your handheld.
The truth is album sales are not what they used to be, down by 13.6% compared to the same period last year. However, the concert scene is trending the opposite direction; even legacy artists are raking in big money. Indeed, Madonna is the highest-earning tourist on the road, pocketing a massive $1.31 billion throughout her entire career.
So, it’s not surprising why Sacramento is playing host to several concerts in the months ahead through the Riverside Concert Series. However, think twice before buying tickets. U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group, which operates an urgent care in West Sacramento, warns concert-goers to beware of an unexpected risk: asthmatic attacks.
Why Concerts Can Cause Asthma
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, there are about 24 million people with asthma. Asthma accounts for about two million emergency room visits annually.
So, why do concert venues pose the risk of asthma attacks? According to a study of the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air consists of 2-5 times more pollutants than outdoor air. So, when you’re in a concert hall, the enclosed space and poor air quality can very well cause an asthmatic episode.
What to Do When Asthma Attacks
There is no doubt that an asthma attack can ruin an otherwise electrifying concert experience. But you need to know what to do in case you find yourself in this predicament.
The good news is that asthma attacks can often be contained with the help of inhalers, so make sure to stow yours in your purse or bag before leaving the house. At the onset of the attack, take one inhalation and see if it relieves your condition. If not, take another inhalation after 30-60 seconds, up to a maximum of 10. Also, always remain upright to better facilitate breathing.
If Your Condition Doesn’t Improve
Should your condition fail to improve, don’t hesitate to visit a West Sacramento walk-in clinic. The doctor will evaluate your condition and advise you on the next steps to take. If you find yourself short of breath or dizzy, ask your companions to take you to an emergency room instead.
Even if your condition improves, however, make sure you return home and rest rather than finishing the concert. Then, observe your condition; if you use your inhaler more than three times a week, you may need to talk to a medical professional about your asthma.
Asthma Facts and Figures, aafa.org
2016, the Worst Year for Album Sales Since the Last One, spin.com
INSIDE Your Home: The Ugly Invaders Which Can Make You Sick, mercola.com