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Jan 14, 2014 9:11 PM by Matt Prichard

Dust kicks-up health concerns

Folks in Pueblo County ready for a break after two days of blowing dirt and dust. And while the wind has died down health risks remain high. 

"Patients with breathing problems may have more nasal and sinus symptoms, may have more cough, chest congestion, wheezing," said allergist, Dr. Ashok Patel. 

"It can certainly cause problems with those that have nasal allergy symptoms, and those that have asthma can see their symptoms flare up aswell," said Dr. Chris Lundberg. 

Dr. Lundberg says often times people don't realize how much dust they're breathing in ultimately ending up in the hospital with breathing problems. He added that there are ways to make sure you're covered inside and out.

"Air purifiers, filters for the home can be helpful. And if you absolutely need to go outside in all the dust, wearing a mask can certainly help as well," said Dr. Lundberg.

"Wearing a mask will prevent the inhalation of fine and particulate matter. And it's important because when someone inhales that matter, they can be subject to respiratory distress," said Dr. Patel. 

Both doctors say there's no perfect science to it, but if you're having a problem you should see a doctor regardless of the weather conditions.

 

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