ROCK SPRINGS — The smoke-filled skies over Sweetwater County may be at the root of some respiratory issues.
Extra precautions should be taken, according to Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County health care professionals.
Limit your exposure if you have any type of heart or lung disease, are a child or an older adult, have diabetes or are pregnant.
Smoke from the wildfires that are raging throughout the West continues to flow into Sweetwater County.
The respiratory therapists at Sweetwater Memorial have some tips for those who may affected by the hazy skies:
∙ If you are currently on medications for lung diseases, be diligent about taking your medications as prescribed by your physician.
∙ Smoke inhalation can irritate your lungs, so be sure to carry any prescribed rescue inhalers with you at all times.
∙ If you are wheezing or it is becoming increasingly difficult to breathe, contact your primary care physician immediately.
∙ If you know the smoke is an irritant to your lungs, avoid being outside as much as possible.
∙ If you have a known lung disease such as asthma, COPD or any other lung complications, take extra care to limit smoke exposure.
For more information or to contact a health professional, go to www.sweetwatermemorial.com
MHSC is a non-profit, 99-bed, regional acute-care facility in southwestern Wyoming. The hospital has more than 500 employees, including more than 30 employed physicians providing care in more than two dozen specialty fields. MHSC offers care in ENT/otolaryngology, family medicine, general surgery, internal medicine, pediatrics, pulmonology, pediatrics, nephrology, obstetrics and women’s health, oncology, orthopedics and sports medicine, and urology. Services include cardiac rehabilitation, cardio and respiratory, diabetes education, dialysis, emergency care, intensive care, laboratory services, medical imaging, medical and surgical, nutrition therapy, rehabilitation and sleep disorder lab, as well as cardiology, vascular and maternal-fetal medicine services through its affiliation with University of Utah Health. Sweetwater Regional Cancer Center is an affiliate partner of the University of Utah’s Huntsman Cancer Institute.