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Fires Affect The Air Quality And Causes Health Risks

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The smoke, ash and snoot from the wildfires burning around the county affect the air we breathe. This is especially dangerous for people with health problems, seniors and youngsters. Doctors say protect yourself because even short-term exposure can cause health problems.\r\n\r\nThe wildfires burning in Southern California cause serious concerns about the air we breathe.\r\n\r\nThis is why:\r\n\r\nDense, black smoke from the Juliet Fire in the North County is unhealthy to breathe and makes it nearly impossible to see. That's why health officials like Doctor Katherine Konzen the Medical Director at Rady Children's Hospital Urgent Care Centers advises people to stay inside.\r\n\r\n"Most of us become very sensitive at certain points, but children and the elderly are ever more sensitive. It's really important to keep them inside and safe," said Doctor Konzen.\r\n\r\nThis is especially true for seniors and children with health problems, such as heart conditions or asthma.\r\n\r\n"And for children with any kind of respiratory problems, asthma, heart conditions it's really important to keep them inside," Doctor Konzen continued.\r\n\r\nSmoke and ash can cause serious health risks if inhaled. But there are steps you can take to protect your lungs.\r\n\r\n"If you have air conditioning, start running it so that stuff doesn't get inside your house," Doctor Konzen noted.\r\n\r\nShe also recommends closing doors and windows to keep ash and smoke from seeping in.\r\n\r\nAnd the weather conditions cause dry skin, chapped lips and allergies.\r\n\r\n"The dry conditions are really hard on us. If you have a vaporizer get it running, humidifier, anything to get that air moisten," Doctor Konzen explained.\r\n\r\nThat will help breathing. For dry skin, keep a chap stick handy and avoid lotions with perfumes and alcohol.\r\n\r\n"Cheaper, basic ones without a lot of extras are really the best," said Doctor Konzen.\r\n\r\nFinally, Doctor Kozen noted:\r\n\r\n"The most important thing is to really pay attention to what is happening to the air quality."\r\n\r\nAnd you can do this online.\r\n\r\n"Type in air quality in San Diego, you'll get the current conditions, ozone levels, particles per million in the air tells you how safe it is," Doctor Konzen explained.
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