Exposure to Smoke from Fires
All smoke contains carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and particulate matter (PM or soot), which can travel deep into the respiratory tract and reach the lungs. Inhaling fine particles can cause a variety of health effects, including respiratory irritation and shortness of breath. There is also the possibility of long-term health effects from smoke exposure.
What are the signs of smoke inhalation?
Smoke inhalation causes the following symptoms:
- Dark-colored mucus from the nose or mouth.
- Change in mental state, such as restlessness, agitation, confusion, or sleepiness (lethargy).
How long does smoke inhalation symptoms last?
Exposure to carbon monoxide and particulate matter can worsen cardiovascular effects during increased physical exertion; once exposure is stopped, symptoms from inhaling carbon monoxide or fine particles generally fade, but may last for a few days.
What do you do if you inhale smoke?
What options do you have for self-care at home?
- Get plenty of rest and sleep.
- Soothe a dry or sore throat with cough drops or hard candy.
- Take cough medicine as directed by your doctor.
- Do not smoke or allow others to smoke near you.
- Avoid things that may irritate your lungs.
Can breathing in smoke make you sick?
Even healthy people can become ill if there is enough smoke in the air. Breathing in smoke can cause immediate health problems, such as coughing and difficulty breathing normally.
Can lungs heal from smoke inhalation?
It can take a long time for the lungs to fully heal, and some people may have scarring and shortness of breath for the rest of their lives if they are exposed to triggering factors like cigarette smoke. Persistent hoarseness can occur in people who have had burns or smoke inhalation injuries, or both.
How do you detox from smoke inhalation?
A nutritionist explains how to detox your body from the smoke from the California wildfires.
- Breathing in a stream of thyme and other herbs.
- Increasing your daily vitamin C intake.
- Loading up on ginger.
- Using a saline nasal spray.
How long does carbon monoxide poisoning last?
How long do the effects of CO poisoning last? When people lose consciousness as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning, they typically experience relapses for several weeks, with headaches, fatigue, memory loss, difficulty thinking clearly, irrational behavior, and irritability.
Does smoke inhalation make you tired?
High levels of smoke can cause a variety of symptoms, including burning eyes, runny nose, cough, phlegm, wheezing, and difficulty breathing, all of which can make you feel drowsy, forgetful, and unproductive.
What helps throat after smoking?
Soothe your throat with cough drops, lozenges, or a salt water gargle, and drink 6u20138 glasses of water per day to keep the mucus in your lungs and throat thin. Elevate your head above the rest of your body while sleeping to prevent mucus from accumulating in your throat.