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Health Tip: When Wildfires Are Near

Health Tip: When Wildfires Are Near

09/20/10

(HealthDay News) -- Wildfire smoke can cause serious respiratory problems, especially among people who already have difficulty breathing.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests how to minimize exposure to smoke from a nearby wildfire:

  • Keep smoke outside by closing windows and turning on the air conditioner.
  • Don't light a fire or burn candles inside your home.
  • Follow your doctor's instructions about any drugs you should take for your respiratory condition.
  • Don't assume that a dust mask, commonly found at hardware stores, will protect your lungs.
  • If given an order to evacuate the area, do so.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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