Late summer tends to be wildfire season in many parts of the country, and during this time, it’s important to take steps to protect your health. The smoke and ash from wildfires can have serious health impacts, particularly for those with preexisting conditions such as asthma or heart disease. Here are some tips for staying healthy during wildfire season:
Stay indoors as much as possible. If there is smoke in the air, it’s important to limit your exposure. Keep windows and doors closed and use air conditioning if you have it. If you must go outside, try to do so early in the morning or late in the evening when the air quality may be better.
Use a high-quality air purifier. If you have to spend time indoors during wildfire season, a good air purifier can make a big difference. Look for a purifier that is certified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and has a HEPA filter.
Wear a mask. If you need to go outside, consider wearing a mask to protect your lungs from smoke and ash. Look for a mask that is rated N95 or higher.
Stay hydrated. Smoke can irritate your eyes, nose, and throat and can make it harder to breathe. Drinking plenty of water will keep your body hydrated, and the extra moisture can ease your breathing.
Keep your medications on hand. If you have a preexisting condition such as asthma or heart disease, make sure you have your medications on hand during wildfire season. Talk to your doctor about whether you need to adjust your medication regimen during this time.
By taking these steps, you can help protect your health even when fires burn nearby. Remember, if you are experiencing severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing, seek medical attention right away. At DuPage Immediate Care, we can help you stay on top of your wellness during times of high environmental threat. Reach out to book your appointment or walk in to our clinic today!