Your Healthy Family: CA wildfires still affecting air quality in CO

Posted at 11:03 AM, Aug 13, 2018
and last updated 2019-07-09 11:27:46-04

COLORADO SPRINGS – In this edition of Your Healthy Family we are talking about basic air quality issues with Dr. Daniel Soteres with Asthma and Allergy Associates in Colorado Springs.  Dr. Soteres is a board certified allergist and immunologist and says just because our wildfire season in Colorado has calmed down, smoke from wildfires in the air can still be a big issue for people here.

“A lot of people (in Colorado) can get fooled.  A fire in California can actually affect air quality here.  Within 3 to 7 days after a big fire is going on in California we actually identify ash on our pollen counting stations from those fires, even if there’s no fires in Colorado.”

Here are the symptoms Dr. Soteres says to be on the lookout for from wildfire smoke in the air.

“Mild symptoms can be dry eyes, watery eyes, itchy runny nose, sneezing spells, post-nasal drip, and maybe itchy irritated skin.  More severe symptoms can be things like difficulty breathing, cough, wheeze and shortness of breath.”

Dr. Soteres says, if your symptoms are not improving, or your usual medications are not working or if you add in a fever or chills, it’s time to see a doctor.

Also, even if you are healthy and active Dr. Soteres stresses to think twice before exercising outside on a smoky day.

“I think many people have had the experience of standing around a campfire and the wind blows it in your face.  Your get eyes get irritated, you have excess mucus production, a cough and maybe some chest tightness with that experience.  Now imagine adding exercise of some sort with some exertion to that. It’s a very good idea to dial it back and maybe try an inside workout on smoky days.”

If you have any questions about air quality or if your having trouble breathing follow up with your Doctor or a specialist like as Dr. Soteres.

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