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Forest Fires Wildfires and Air Quality
Health Effects of Smoke Exposure and Recommendations to Deal with it
Health Effects Of Smoke Exposure
Other symptoms often experienced from smoke exposure in combination with physical exhaustion, psychological stress, and poor nutrition include:
Signs of high blood levels of carbon monoxide (CO) include:
Intermediate effects exposure to forest fire smoke and wildfire smoke (from days to weeks) include:
Smoke exposure in combination with physical exhaustion, psychological stress, and poor nutrition can lead to:
Prolonged exposure It is very unlikely that you will ever experience this from forest fire smoke and wildfire smoke and little is known about its effects. The risks are probably the same for cigarette smoking, and include heart disease, stroke, chronic bronchitis and emphysema (COPD), and cancer.
Note: The mixture of particles, liquids, and gaseous compounds found in smoke from wildland fires is very complex, and include compounds that can irritate and even injure the tissues of your mouth, nose, throat, and lungs. During past fires in Florida, an increase in emergency department visits was seen for asthma, acute worsening of chronic bronchitis, eye irritation, chest pains, shortness of breath, and wheezing.
(MMWR, 48; February 5, 1999, pages 78-79)
Smoke from forest fires and wildfires may have short-term and intermediate health effects.
These effects have been shown to be reversible in most cases.
The following information and recommendations were developed in large part from "Health Hazards of Smoke: Recommendations of the Consensus Conference, April 1997" of the USDA Forest Service and the World Health Organization's Guidelines on Vegetative Fire Emergencies for Public Health Protection:
Notes: In a CDC survey of persons exposed to smoke during a fire in California
Like cigarette smoke, forest fire smoke and wildfire smoke can eventually damage your body's ability to remove large particles from smoke and excess phlegm from your lungs and airway. The healthy lung has a remarkable ability to recover from the effects of smoke when it is provided time to recover
Here are some of the known components of forest or wildfire smoke:
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