Health And Wellness Provides Advice For People With Chronic Conditions
Chronic Breathing Conditions
Fulton County advises residents with chronic breathing conditions to take precautions to avoid worsening health problems related to the smoky air quality caused by the current wildfires in South Georgia.
Smoke from wildfires is a mixture of gases and fine particles from burning trees and other plant materials. Smoke can irritate your eyes, respiratory system, and worsen the symptoms of chronic heart and lung diseases. Smoke exposure can affect anyone, but individuals with chronic heart and lung conditions, children, the elderly and pregnant women are at increased risk.
According to Dr. Steven R. Katkowsky, Director of the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness, "Even healthy individuals may experience problems related to breathing the smoke. The best thing to do is limit your outdoor activities until the smoke is gone. We encourage residents to take precautions, especially residents with chronic lung and heart diseases and young children". If you are in an area where smoke is present (which includes areas with visible smoke, the smell of smoke, and air is hazy or there is "dust" in the air), public health urges you to: