Tips for coping with smoke from PeaceHealth specialist

With such poor air quality, health experts have some advice to stay safe.

Posted: Sep 8, 2020 9:17 PM
Updated: Sep 11, 2020 2:45 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Those with chronic respiratory diseases are at considered at risk for being exposed to damaging particulates from the burning ash in the sky.

Respiratory therapist Carol Hardisty from PeaceHealth shared tips for getting through these times.

"Try to think about breathing in through your nose," she said. "It has filtration and humidification naturally. Make sure you are staying well hydrated and when you breathe in through your nose -- it will help your lungs a little bit."

People are encouraged to stay indoors if possible. If you are going to go outside, doctors say you need to wear a mask.

"If you do have to go out, just make sure that you change your mask frequently," Hardisty said.

If those hazardous particulates make their way into your lungs, it can lead to irritation and inflammation; making it harder to breathe.

It's important to pay attention to your symptoms and those close around you if you have been exposed to smoke. If things worsen, call your doctor.

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