Public health advice has been issued for people with asthma
As smoke continues to linger over much of the region, the Murrumbidgee Local Health District is reminding people to limit their time spent outside, especially those with respiratory conditions such as asthma.
"We have seen an increase in presentations with breathing difficulties at our Emergency Departments, and we urge people with asthma or lung conditions to stay in air-conditioned premises where filtration systems can help to reduce smoke particles in the air," said MLHD’s Director Public Health, Tracey Oakman.
"Smoke may aggravate existing heart and lung conditions and cause irritated eyes, coughing and wheezing," Mrs Oakman said.
Smoke is expected to remain in the area for much of Wednesday, before a storm moves over in the afternoon.
"Symptoms can occur for several days after smoke is inhaled, so people with chronic respiratory conditions need to be vigilant with their treatment programs," Ms Oakman said.
"People with asthma or a lung condition who develop symptoms such as shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing, should follow their Asthma or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) action plan.
"If symptoms do not settle, seek medical advice. If you are on home oxygen treatment, continue as prescribed and if breathlessness worsens, contact your
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