Posted: Aug 23, 2013 4:52 PM by Judy Slate - MTN News
It has been hard to miss the amount of smoke and haze in the air since the wildfires broke out. The air quality is causing a lot of people to suffer.
Sierra Speer, who works at Mountain Hot Tub, is feeling miserable, thanks to all the smoke.
"I walked out the door, breathed in and had an asthma attack," Speer said. "Whenever you breath in and instantly double over and you're trying..."
Speer is not alone in this. Area doctors are hearing similar stories from multiple citizens.
"They're complaining about increased asthma symptoms, coughing, wheezing, chest congestion and tightness," Sr. Michael DiCello of Asthma & Allergy Consultants, said.
It is not just people with asthma that are suffering, the doctor said.
"We're seeing a lot of increased nasal and eye symptoms."
Dr. DiCello advises people who have asthma and allergies to take their medication on time.
Otherwise, "The only real answer is not get the exposure," he said. "Get out of it if you can."
That is precisely what Speer is doing.
"Since the smoke has gotten so bad, I don't go out - not a single hike or raft trip," she said.
Dr. DiCello also reminds cardiac patients to see their doctor if they feel anything different in their chest from the smoke.
Currently, the air quality in Bozeman borders on good and moderate.