Headaches, fatigue, dry throat and eyes, sneezing, coughing – most of us know when the air quality is poor in Southern Oregon. So, what can you do to help keep yourself as healthy as possible when your breathing and lungs are under attack by smoke or horrid air quality?

Polluted air can potentially cause serious health issues, especially to those who are immune-compromised, very young, over the age of 65, and suffer from pulmonary or cardiovascular disease. It is important to take precaution to preserve your health.

Symptoms you might notice when the air quality is poor include:

  • Sore throat
  • Itchy or burning eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Sinus pressure or eye pressure
  • Tooth pain
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Heart palpitations
  • Chest tightness or pain
  • Fatigue and flu like symptoms

Fires and pollution release harmful particles and gases into the atmosphere that cause respiratory tract irritation and stress the body’s detox and immune systems, and can even increase your exposures to cancer causing agents. It is important to reduce your exposure by staying indoors and wearing protective equipment while outside. Also, do not engage in strenuous activities while outside.

Here are some tips to consider when the air quality is suffering:

  • Wear a protective mask while outdoors. The mask must have a label reading N95 or P100 to ensure they will filter the harmful compounds out of the air.
  • Keep your home smoke-free by keeping windows and doors closed and run an air filter that does not produce ozone.
  • Eat a variety of vegetables and include broccoli as it contains high amounts of Vitamin C and other cancer fighting compounds.
  • Support your liver with the use of milk thistle, Chinese artichoke, dandelion and NAC.
  • Take 2 to 3 grams of fish oil daily. If you’re on blood thinning medication, please consult with your health provider first.
  • Schedule a detox IV therapy every 3 weeks (especially if you are symptomatic). The detox IV contains B vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, immune and liver support compounds.

To make an appointment or if you are experiencing serious symptoms from smoke or pollution, contact Siskiyou Vital Medicine at 541-210-5687.


By Dr. McClane Duncan