Out here in California we are dealing with a ton of fires right now. The fires are mostly up in the hills near the mountains but if the wind is blowing just right all the smoke sinks down into the Sacramento Valley where I live. Yesterday we had what they call a "spare the air day" because the smoke was so bad and the temperature was well over 100 degrees. I am working at a store this week that is only 2 miles away from a huge fire. Smoke fills the parking lot every day. Some of my co workers have gotten sick because of all the smoke. Today I will explore and define smoke inhalation for the dictionary term. How does that effect your body?
According to Wikipedia, 50-80% of all fire related deaths are due to smoke inhalation rather than burns. If you believe you are suffering from smoke inhalation here are some symptoms to watch out for; coughing and vomiting, nausea, sleepiness and confusion.
Here's some more information on smoke inhalation from Wikipedia:
"Smoke inhalation causes three complications:
Impaired or reduced levels of oxygen at the tissue level: This arises due to inhalation of carbon monoxide or cyanide and is an immediate threat to life. Immediate treatment with 100% oxygen is essential and is given till the level of carboxyhaemoglobin ( a product formed by combining of the haemoglobin molecule with carbon monoxide; reducing the amount of haemoglobin available to transport oxygen to tissues.) falls to less than 10% and the metabolic acidosis (a condition in which there is excess of acid in the body causing severe chemical imbalances and electrolyte disturbances) has resolved.
Thermal injury to the upper airway: Hot gases cause burns to the mucosal surfaces of the upper airway. Its complications become evident in 18-24 hours. They are: oedema, reduced ability to clear secretions, airway obstruction causing respiratory distress and noise on inspiration. In advanced stages respiratory failure can also occur. Treatment is humidified oxygen, head tilt to 30degrees, suction to clear secretions and medicines to reduce the swelling of the mucosa. Mixtures of Helium-Oxygen (Heliox) gas may be useful to reduce laboured breathing.
Endotracheal intubation may be needed to maintain airway patency especially for deep facial burns or swelling of the pharynx. Investigations include arterial blood gas analysis, fibre optic laryngoscope or bronchoscope. Tracheostomy should be avoided if possible because of an increased risk of pneumonia and sepsis.
Chemical injury to the lung is due to inhalation of toxic gases and products of combustion which includes aldehydes and organic acids. It can present with symptoms of bronchospasm (narrowing of the airways), difficulty in breathing, an increased rate of breathing, wheezing and a fast heart rate initially. A day or two later, there might be swelling of the smaller airways which may start sloughing off causing airway obstruction and pneumonia in 5-7 days. "
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