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Mayo Clinic talks wildfires and air quality

Brian Wise
Updated: September 17, 2020 06:43 PM
Created: September 17, 2020 06:41 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Whether you're on the west coast or in the midwest, doctors at Mayo Clinic say you can still feel the effects of the California wildfires from thousands of miles away.

Your lung is divided into three major areas. One type of injury one may experience is thermal injury. Which if you are super close to the fire, you can become superheated. The heat can cause irritation as can burning chemicals and toxicity.

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"We're lucky we don't have any evidence that there is severe chemical toxicity in the plumes. The downstream plumes that are heading our direction at this point," said Dr. Clayton Cowl, a pulmonologist at Mayo Clinic.

"But certainly we all know the weather change and it is certainly important to keep an eye on the ambient air quality index for your individual area."

The symptoms of respiratory irritation include a sore throat, a runny nose, and a mild cough.


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