Nunu Sixay, health educator for the Central California Asthma Collaborative, visits Dalia Mondragon as part of a public health program aimed to help low-income families in Fresno recognize asthma triggers, manage the disease, and minimize emergency room visits.
Mold was found on the ceiling of the Mondragon bathroom during a home visit. Sixay warns the family that the allergen, if not treated properly, may pose a significant health risk to people with asthma.
The Mondragons recently got a kitten, but according Sixay, the new pet can trigger asthma symptoms. Despite Sixay’s advice, Mondragon says they will most likely keep the pet.
Amada Silva, 12, and Yadira Silva, 6, clean their room after school. The sisters suffer from asthma so their mother makes them clean their room everyday to minimize dust.
Dalia Mondragon sits on the back steps of her home. She says taking care of her four asthmatic children is extremely stressful. She sets her alarm to wake up every night to check they are still breathing.
Renato Silva, 10, plays with his toy cars in the backyard of his home. His mother says that the dirt exacerbates his asthma symptoms, but keeping him from playing is a challenge.
Every evening Dalia Mondragon administers an inhaler to her son, ten-year-old Renato Silva, using a spacer device with a facemask. Out of her four children, his asthma is the worst.
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