Pictured above is a photo from the Pagami Creek forest fire in northern Minnesota, 432 miles away from Sherman Hospital. Yet the fire has been so intense that Chicago’s suburbs are now draped with a smoky haze.
While the smoke in the sky is nowhere near as severe as, say, that of the smoke inside a burning house, it’s still wise to take precautions. Also, please remember that Sherman has Immediate Care locations close to home, throughout the Fox Valley.
You will almost certainly be perfectly fine as the forest fire smoke dissipates. But in case you’re feeling under the weather, here are the symptoms of smoke inhalation.
- Shortness of breath
- Hoarseness or noisy breathing
- Off color-eyes or skin
- Changes in mental status (confusion, fainting)
If you experience a prolonged period with any of these symptoms, it may be time to seek medical attention. Learn more about Sherman Immediate Care here.