Smoke related medical symptoms from Dr Jeremy McAnulty, Executive Director of Health Protection, NSW Health

Some people are increased risk of disease, most of us may get, when exposed to smoke, sore eyes or a cough, or a sore throat and that's short-term, and when you get out of the smoke that usually goes away.

Some people though at increased risk for exacerbation of underlying diseases particularly asthma or respiratory diseases or cardiac heart diseases.

The exposure to smoke can put increased pressure on your lungs which can then make those conditions worse.

So make sure you're keeping in touch with your Doctor, if you get unwell see your doctor of course but make sure you've got a plan most people should have a asper plan or a management plan for those underlying chronic conditions.

Make sure you're adhering to those plans so you don't run into trouble.

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Smoke tips from Dr Richard Broome, Director of Environmental Health, NSW Health

It's continuing to be really smoky, people may be struggling in these conditions so it's important that everyone's aware of some simple things they can do to reduce their exposure to the smoke.

There are people most at risk of those who have existing paths and lung conditions, so those are conditions like angina asthma or emphysema because the smoke can make those worse.

Young children are also more vulnerable as are the elderly and pregnant women may also be more sensitive to the effects of smoke.

The most important thing when is smokey like today is to avoid outdoor physical activity, as well spend more time indoors if you can, and when the smoke clears open up your doors and windows to ventilate out your house.

Another thing you can do is spend time in air-conditioned venues like shopping centers, cinemas, museums and libraries.

We also get asked about air purifiers and an air purifier has a HEPA filter can be affected but it has to be the right size for the room that is situated in.

And the final thing is about wearing masks, we've seen a lot of people out wearing masks now the only ones that can be effective are called P2 masks, and to work you have to have a really tight fit to your face; that we know that can be quite difficult to achieve in practice.​

Current as at: Monday 22 May 2023
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