Take Care Australia 🇦🇺 This beautiful country is home to many animals that I had never seen before until coming here almost 3 years ago.
It is so sad to see the Bushfires affecting so many people and animals.
Several areas of the country are affected by heavy smoke making air quality very poor. If you are affected be sure to spend more time indoors with the air conditioning on and avoid any vigorous outdoor activity. If you do need to go outside invest in a disposable P2 face mask. These are able to filter out very fine particles from the air when used correctly and can be brought from your local hardware store.
If you suffer from respiratory problems please see your local GP for medication and an action plan.
As many of my Australian patients say “Australia only does things in extremes” and I hope that this extreme is over soon. My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected.
As our firefighters continue the heroic job of containing bushfires, many people may be affected by smoke.
Signs of smoke irritation include itchy eyes, sore throat, runny nose and coughing. Those with pre-existing medical conditions such as asthma may have worsened symptoms of wheezing, chest tightness and difficulty breathing. If this is you it is very important to continue your prescribed medication and seek medical help.
To reduce your exposure, stay indoors and close the windows and doors. If you are using an air conditioner switch it to recycle or recirculate to reduce the smoke indoors.
If you or anyone around you is concerned by their symptoms please pop by and see me in clinic