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Smoke from fires in the west, could cause health problems in southern Illinois.

WSIU/Kevin boucher
A Hazy Sunrise over the Campus of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale on Friday September 18th 2020.

Smoke from fires out west are making our skies hazy, and could cause some people to have issues.  Dr. Jeffrey Lehman, an allergist and immunologist with Southern Illinois Healthcare says while he has not seen any patients complaining of this, breathing in these extremely small pieces of un-burnt material can be a problem.

"Typically when you inhale these particles it leads to inflammation and irritation in the airways."

For some with certain conditions, Dr. Lehman says the reaction could be worse.

"But if you have underlying asthma or COPD, you may experience more symptoms such as cough, chest tightness, wheezing."

Dr. Lehman says right now, since the fires are so far away, the air quality here is still good.

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