How To Deal With Smoke Inhalation

How To Deal With Smoke Inhalation

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– Hello everyone, I’m Dr. Drew Sinatra. As many of you know I live
in northern California and if you’ve been
watching the news recently you’re aware of the fires that
are burning out of control in Sonoma and Napa counties
and further up north. I live about 20, 30 miles from them so we’re breathing in the smoke and we’re being exposed to
everything right now as those people up north are. We know people that have lost their homes. We got some patients that
have lost their homes so it’s a very sad time for us right now. But I wanted to provide you with some tips on how to stay safe our there, because these fires are
continuing to burn out of control. We need as much protection as we can get. First off, when there is forest fires and when homes are burning
down there’s lot of chemicals that are being released
into the environment. At least from trees theirs carbon monoxide and other pollutants. And then if you think about it, in a home when it burns down, think about everything in your home. There’s lots of different
chemicals present. There’s different plastics that may burn. There maybe chemicals
that you have downstairs as detergents or whatnot. So all those things become
aerosides and put into the air. As a result we can breath them, which is obviously not good for us. So what can you do to protect yourself? There’s six things that
I recommend that you do to protect yourself. One is to stay indoors
and that’s a simple one. Because the least amount
of exposure that you have the better it’s going to be for your lungs and the rest of your body. So stay indoors, close your windows. Number two would be to get an air purifier if you don’t have one. And have that thing running all the time. Most hepafilters are
going to be really good, but those air purifiers are
going to help filter out some of the particular matter that may have come in through your home. Number three is going to be, if you’re going to be
walking outside at all I want you wearing a mask. I’ve been doing this the last two days where I live here in Marin county. All go outside I’ll either
just sort of carry it like this or I’ll put it over my head because it does smell like a
camp fire outdoors right now. Whether you can see it or not, there is definitely harmful
levels of particular matter in that air that you’re lungs will pick up if your breathing it. So a respiratory mask like this. This is an N95 one. You can get it online. You can get it in most hardware stores. This will at least filter out
some of that particular matter that is in the air to protect your lungs. Now the fourth thing would be to protect your lungs with antioxidants. Something like NAC, it
stands for n-acetyl cysteine. That’s a great antioxidant to use that will help boost
glutathiones in the body. It has a protective
mechanism for the lungs. It acts like a mucolytic so it can actually help break up mucus adhesion in the lungs. It’s also liver supportive so there’s research showing
it can help break down certain chemicals which is
very important right now. And then there’s also herbals out there. There’s astragalus, there’s yerba santa, there’s elecampane,
there’s marshmallow rouse, slippery elm, ocia, so many
different herbs out there that are supportive for the lungs. Make sure if you’re going to
take some of these herbals that you do talk to someone
who’s qualified to know the mechanism of action
of actually how they work and how they’ll benefit you. And there’s different formulas out there that you can take. Number five would be
to drink lots of water. So you want to be able
to flush your system out, flush some of the toxins
out they may be exposed to and keep yourself hydrated in these times. And lastly, similarly to what I said when there’s allergies outside, that you want to shower regularly, to get off some of the particular matter that you may be picking up if you are in your car or you’re traveling outside. So shower regularly,
particularly at night. If you do these six things you’re going to reduce your exposure to some of those toxic particulars that are in the air right now. And hopefully you’ll stay safe. Lastly, just send some
thoughts and prayers out to those that are suffering
her in northern California, because this is a serious time right now and we need all the help that we can get. All right, hopefully this was helpful. I’ll talk to you soon, bye.

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