HOW IS AIR QUALITY IMPACTING US?
With bush fires raging across Australia, it’s hard not to notice the change in air quality throughout so many areas across the country.
The resulting smoke is detrimental to the air quality and is impacting the air we breathe and our health. Many Australians are experiencing short-term respiratory problems, eye irritations, sore throats and coughing due to poor air quality. Those with pre-existing respiratory conditions, the very young or old, are finding it’s impact on health and quality of life even more noticeable and need to take extra precautions.
WHAT POSITIVE STEPS CAN BE TAKEN?
Whether you’re young, old, healthy or otherwise, our “Air Quality Checklist” offers some useful protection tips against bush fire inhalation.
REDUCE AND REMOVE INHALED IRRITANTS
- Check the air quality in your area and minimise exposure by staying indoors if necessary.
- Preserve indoor air quality by keeping windows and doors closed
- Avoid unnecessary exercise both indoors and outdoors.
- Disposable filter masks (P2/N45) can be helpful but note they do NOT remove all particles from the air.
- Wash nasal and sinus passages twice daily with a preservative-free, isotonic saline. This helps remove smoke particles. Irritants like this can aggravate nasal congestion and cause a burning feeling in the throat. Try a Flo Sinus Care Kit, which is available from all Australian Pharmacies (for as little as $9.95). A nasal/sinus wash kit like this can be used in children as young as 5-6 years of age.
CONTROL RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS
- People with respiratory allergies, should be advised to carry medication with them at ALL times. NOTE: asthma medication must be taken daily or as prescribed in your Asthma Action Plan.
- Always ensure your Asthma/Allergy Action Plan is up-to-date.
- If you use an inhaler and/or nasal spray, check with your GP or Pharmacist that you understand the correct technique. They can demonstrate the proper way to administer it.
- You can also monitor breathing with a Peak Flow Meter. This may be useful for both you and your health professional so any Asthma/Allergy Action Plan can be adjusted if required.
- For more information about bush fire protection, please visit Asthma Australia’s website or talk to a qualified Asthma Coach on 1800 ASTHMA.
Important note: Always seek health professional advice, if your health is impacted by bush fire smoke or pollution inhalation.
All Flo saline products are preservative-free, isotonic and gentle enough for daily use. Please explore our website for options for infants, children and adults within the Flo range.
Always read the label. Follow instructions for use. If symptoms persist, talk to your health professional.