Posts Tagged ‘climate’

Safe from Smog

For many families, summertime offers the chance to explore new places.

It is also a time of year when certain regions and cities are prone to high smog levels which can cause or aggravate health problems such as asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis as well as eye irritation and reduced resistance to colds and lung infections.

smog, air pollution, air qualitySmog is an accumulation of greenhouse gases and pollution. During summer smog is worse because ozone, which is the main component of smog, increases production in strong sunlight.

The chemical gases and air pollutants in smog irritates respiratory organs and long-term exposure to smog can lead to various diseases. When traveling with children, especially ones with asthma, it is important to take precautions in locations prone to high levels of smog.

  • Stay indoors on heavy smog days.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise which causes you to breathe deeply thereby drawing pollutants deep into your lungs.
  • Use a saline rinse after being in the outdoors to get rid of any inhalants that could cause irritation.

Check for air quality alerts for your destination by visiting AirNow.gov so that you can plan accordingly for your visit.

Mother Nature Wreaks Havoc on Sinuses

Much of the nation’s attention has been focused on two-weather related events. Tropical storm Debby has soaked a good portion of the Southeast, especially Florida, and residents of some western states are experiencing raging.

The potential for harm and destruction from both situations weighs on tens of thousands of people who may be personally impacted by both disasters. However, others can experience the effects of the rain and/or smoke from a health perspective.

smoke inhalation, sinusitis, sinus irritation, Dr. Neuzil's Irrigator, saline rinseFirst, the smoke that is blowing through much of the western states can cause sinus irritation and make it difficult to breathe. This is especially dangerous for people who suffer from asthma. The smoke can trigger symptoms and could lead to people seeking medical attention.

The aftermath of Debby is cause for concern as mold thrives in warm, damp locations. For people who are in homes or offices that had leaks, the potential for mold growth is high.

People who suffer from sinusitis can have a flare up from mold spores which can lead to sinus headaches, runny noses and possibly infection.

Until you can get rid of the smoke and the mold spores, here are some precautions to take:

  1.  Avoid inhaling the smoke or airborne mold spores whenever possible.sinus irritation, asthma, sinus rinse, mold spores, saline rinse, sinusitis
  2. Wear a mask to protect yourself.
  3. If you do inhale any irritants, rinse your sinus passages immediately to help get rid of the pollutants. You might even try an herbal-enhanced saline spray or rinse which can moisturize and soothe irritated nasal passages.
  4. Protect your eyes with goggles as both smoke and mold spores can cause irritation.
  5. If you experience trouble breathing, see a medical practitioner immediately.