Here are signs of symptoms of illness from wildfire smoke

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SPOKANE, Wash. — Wildfire season is here, and the Spokane Regional Health District wants you to be aware of the symptoms of illness that come from wildfires.

Illnesses that come from wildfires typically come from wildfire smoke. According to SRHD, wildfire smoke is a mix of gas and particles from burning vegetation and other materials.

If there is enough smoke in the air, wildfire smoke can make anyone sick. Symptoms can include coughing, trouble breathing normally, stinging eyes, scratchy throat, runny nose, irritated sinuses, wheezing and shortness of breath, chest pain, headaches, an asthma attack, tiredness and fast heartbeat.

People who tend to be more sensitive toward wildfire smoke include adults 65 and older, children 18 and under, infants and those who smoke. Wildfire smoke also has effects on those with lung diseases, respiratory infections, heart problems and diabetes.

To limit your exposure to wildfire smoke, you can look at the most updated air quality index from the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency. When the air quality is bad, it is suggested that you stay indoors and keep the air clean in your home. This can be done by reducing smoke intake in your home, closing windows and doors in your home unless it’s hot and reducing indoor pollution.

More information and ways to prevent wildfire smoke from impacting you and others can be found HERE.

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