Breathing problems? Fireworks can hurt air quality
12
October

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , /


MEANS CELEBRATION FOR
SOME, BUTFOR OTHERS IT
MEANS SUFFOCATION AND
BREATHING PROBLEMS,
ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE WITH
ASTHMA. KPAXS EMMAHAMILTON
SPOKE WITH A DOCTOR
ABOUT HOW YOU CAN
BREATHE EASIER OVER THE
HOLIDAY. FIREWORKS FILL
THE SKY WITH
COLOR BUT THE
SMOKE THAT COMES
AFTER THE SHOW
CAN POTENTIALLY BE DANGEROUS TO
YOUR LUNGS. “THE SMOKE THAT
CAN COME OFF THE
FUMES, THE
PARTICULATE
MATTER WITHIN THE
SMOKE IS ESPECIALLY
HARMFUL FOR
PEOPLE WITH
ASTHMA OR COPD.”
“IF YOU KNOW YOU
HAVE ASTHMA, ONE OF THE BEST WAYS
TO BE PREPARED
FOR ANY BREATHING
PROBLEMS WITH
FIREWORKS IS TO
HAVE YOUR INHALER ON HAND WITH
YOU.”
EVEN IF YOU DON’T
HAVE ASTHMA . IT IS
SOMETHING TO LOOK
OUT FOR. “PEOPLE WHO DON’T
HAVE ASTHMA, IT
CAN TRIGGER
COUGH, INCREASED
FLEM IN THE LUNGS
OR MUCUS, WHEEZING AND
CHEST TIGHTNESS.”
THERE ARE A FEW
SIMPLE THINGS YOU
CAN DO TO
ALLEVIATE THESE SYMPTOMS . IF
THEY OCCUR. “SOME PLACE
WHERE THERE IS
FRESH AIR, GET
AWAY FROM THE
SMOKE, DRINK
PLENTY OF WATER. IF THE SYMPTOMS
CONTINUE THEN TO
SEEK CARE FROM
YOUR DOCTOR OR
THE EMERGENCY
ROOM.” YOU CAN ALSO
PREVENT BREATHING
DIFFICULTIES
ASSOCIATED WITH
FIREWORKS. “KEEPING YOUR
DISTANCE IS A GOOD
IDEA. THE OTHER
THING IS IF YOU CAN
STAY UPWIND IF
THAT’S POSSIBLE FROM THE
FIREWORKS OR
SUCH AS A CAMPFIRE
THAT CAN BE
HELPFUL.”
IN BOZEMAN . EMMA HAMILTON MTN
NEWS
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