Australia is currently battling the worst bush fires ever seen, causing poor air quality across populated areas of the country, in particular NSW. Poor air quality can have a number of effects on our health, it is important to ensure that people stay safe and know how to protect themselves.
Breathing unsafe air for long periods of time can also lead to more serious health problems which is why it is important to stay safe. In circumstances such as the bushfires, even healthy people can experience breathing issues. However, those who are most sensitive are children, the elderly and smokers.
Individuals with asthma can also see exacerbated symptoms for example difficulty breathing and tightness in their chest. The conditions in Sydney have led to a 10% increase in hospital admissions, with paramedics treating hundreds of patients for breathing problems.
If you have any concerns regarding asthma or issues relating to the quality of the air that you or your family are breathing, book a video consultation with one of our excellent GPs online. We have doctors available 24/7 and are accessible across Australia through your mobile, laptop or smart device.
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