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Wildfire Smoke impacts people with Allergies & Asthma

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - People who suffer from bad allergies or asthma are always at risk for having problems during the Fall.

Dr. Mahipal Ravipati said it's because there's a lot of mold and pollen in the air. He said asthma attacks are very common around this year, and with the smoke in the valley it makes matters worse.

"With the smoke, not only is there carbon monoxide, but several other harmful particles that are very irritating to the lungs," Dr. Ravipati said. He said many people may need to pull out their inhaler and keep it with them at all times.

He said the harmful particles from the smoke can cause people to be more prone to have acute asthma attacks, but there are ways to make sure you stay safe. He suggests avoid going outside as much, wear a mask, or even buy an air purifier.

He said most people who have problems already know how to handle the extra harmful particles coming into the Tennessee Valley, but it's best to be cautious.