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Fires Consume Our Health – Fires In Guthrie

First Med Urgent Care: Fires in Guthrie

Watching the news about the fires in Guthrie, Oklahoma, is heart-breaking. While some people have lost more than others, everyone is affected in some way. Along with the damage to homes, various structures, and around 3500 acres, people in the area have been exposed to high levels of smoke. This alone raises a number of health concerns.

First of all, anytime a person breathes a foreign substance into his or her lungs, oxygenating the body sufficiently becomes difficult. As cars run on gas, we as humans, are fuelled by oxygen. Fires consume our readily available oxygen meaning that with it goes our bodies ability to metabolize food, eliminate hazardous toxins, and regenerate cells. The loss of oxygen means our brains lose the ability to process information, and our organs no longer function properly. Our bodies can go weeks without food or water, but we can only survive minutes without oxygen. Eating, thinking, walking, sleeping, and talking, are all functions that without oxygen we would no longer be able to do. While the majority of the Guthrie community are not exposed to a lethal amounts of oxygen deficiency, other health issue can still occur.

Another residual health concern is the inhalation of fine particles and gas that come from the burned mater. The particles become part of our air getting into our eyes and our respiratory system. This can cause allergy like symptoms such as runny nose, itching/burning eyes, coughing and wheezing. These symptoms can then turn into more serious illnesses such as bronchitis, heart problems, lung diseases, and in extreme cases premature death. Healthy individuals are not at as high of a risk of developing the more serious long-term complications. Those who already suffer from COPD and asthma, along with the elderly and young children, need to stay in tune with their bodies should intervention become necessary. We strongly suggest that these individuals have their rescue inhalers around in instances where breathing becomes difficult. For anyone experiencing difficulty breathing, you may benefit from a breathing treatment, which we administer at any of our First Med locations.

Our hearts go out to those who have lost their land, homes, and especially the family who lost their loved one. To prevent any further harm, please make sure you are taking every effort to stay well until the smoke clears. Use common sense, and if you or anyone you know experiences shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, periods of passing out, and feelings of extreme fatigued, seek medical attention immediately.