Here in the Pacific Northwest we’re currently dealing with some very poor air quality due to smoke blowing down from Canadian wild fires. The poor air quality most affects children, elderly people and those with conditions such as asthma, lung disease and allergies. Unfortunately, when the air quality is poor enough everyone is affected. I have gotten together suggestions on how to improve air quality for your family’s home.
To know more about what is happening on a day to day/hour to hour basis:
Apps to consider installing on your phone:
Above: This is what the air quality forecast looks like at our office in Bellevue right now.
You can also track the air quality through websites like:
If you or your child use an inhaler you can use an app with a monitor that attaches to your inhaler. The app will let you know about asthma air quality and will let you know when you use your inhaler/the circumstances in which you use it. So helpful for tracking symptoms/causes!
-To find out if the cleaning/air freshening products you use in the house are a problem or not, check out the www.ewg.org website. You can enter your item into their database and (most of the time) get a ‘grade’ for it.
If you or your child is currently having issues with breathing (increased allergies, asthma symptoms) please see your general practitioner for support. Keep your inhaler with you at all times and follow the guidance of your practitioner. If you would like further naturopathic support on how to improve your health please make an appointment at our office!
Dr. Corinne Harpster is a Naturopathic Physician who specializes in children's health. She is currently accepting new patients.