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Being prepared for Forest Fire Smoke

Forest fires are a fact of life for those of us living in the western United States.  Poor air quality can trigger asthma, heart attacks, and other illness.  Being prepared for poor air quality may help you avoid these costly diseases.

If unsure about the current air quality in your area, go to AirNow.gov.

6 ways to combat poor air quality

When the smoke presents: exercise inside. For those of us who love being outside, this is probably the hardest suggestion to follow-through on. However, even a little smoke can increase oxidative stress on the lungs.

  1. Make sure to replace your air conditioner/furnace filter(s) and clean your air ducts. Air conditioning units push air through the same ducts as your furnace. Air filter and air duct maintenance helps to improve indoor air quality.
  2. Sleep with windows closed at night. Sleeping with your windows open is just like spending those hours outside in the smoke.
  3. A HEPA air purifier helps to further improve indoor air quality. Avoid any purifier that creates ozone.
  4. Nutrients can help support lung health. Please ask your medical provider for dosages that will work for you.
    1. N-acetyl cysteine helps to break up mucous associated with asthma and pneumonia.
    2. Vitamin C helps reduce oxidative damage to the lungs.
    3. Magnesium and Vitamin B6 are associated with nutrient deficiency found in many asthmatics.
  5. A personalized herbal formula or homeopathic remedy may be helpful when you do suffer from forest fire smoke. Contact Dr. Rodgers if you need such a remedy.