Smoke from wildfires causes health concerns

With the wildfires and the air quality alerts for the Upstate, 7 News asked the experts about how the smoke impacts your health.

Mike Shoemaker is a registered respiratory therapist and certified asthma educator with Anmed Health Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

He says the bottom line is that it is not a good time to be outdoors – even if you don’t have respiratory issues.

“Honestly anyone right now is going to experience some irritation from what’s going on out there,” Shoemaker explained. He says people also need to be careful inside their homes to avoid indoor pollution from things like smoking, burning candles, or even broiling meat.

“Typically you can be exposed to things indoors and then go outside to get some fresh air, and so right now you can’t do that, so it’s super important to eliminate indoor irritants and pollutants,” Shoemaker said.

He also says think twice before exercising outdoors. Physical activity increases your breathing and can bring in 10 to 20 times as much air into your lungs, meaning more smoke too.


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