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Wildfires can Aggravate Asthma

Posted on May 16, 2014
by Susana Escamilla

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(Image Source from Instagram User: cgilbertrun who took this image of the wildfires near San Diego)

The result of winds starting months before is a dramatic extension to the fire season. On wednesday night, the governor of California declared a state of emergency in San Diego. Wildfires burned through several areas around San Diego and thousands had to evacuate. Read yesterday’s blog by Wendy about precautions that individuals can take when they are in a wildfire area. Wildfire smoke affects not only the air quality but those who specifically have respiratory problems like asthma and wildfire can aggravate asthma.


The combination of spring pollen, brush fires and smoke is a troublesome mix for those who have asthma.Those who have respiratory problems and asthma need to take a step further because there is fire smoke, the airways and the muscle around the airways begin to tighten and inflammation can be the result. The tiny particles that you don’t see settle into the airways making it difficult to breathe. Dr.Jim Hoyt from the Northern Colorado Pulmonary Consultants talks about how a wildfire can affect your health and also explains some symptoms that some people could experience from the smoke of a wildfire. We will keep you updated on wildfires from San Diego via Facebook.To learn more about asthma and allergies, visit the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America for more educational resources and tools that you can use.

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