Smoke inhalation can be especially problematic for infants, the elderly or anyone with an existing respiratory condition e.g. asthma. Smoke inhalation can also be problematic in areas where there is poison oak or poison ivy or toxic substances burning.
The air is very dry. Use a humidifier or place bowls of water around the house.
Try to stay indoors as much as possible. Use an air purifier in the home. When going outdoors, use a dust mask, ventilator or a wet cloth.
Please do not delay in getting immediate medical care whenever there are any signs of respiratory distress or smoke inhalation.
Remedies which can help:
- Bryonia: dry cough after inhalation of smoke. Thirsty for large quantities of water. Even the slightest movement makes the patient feel worse.
- Euphrasia: cough accompanied by red, burning, tearing eyes.
- Rhus toxicodendron: for exposure to fumes of poison oak or poison ivy (This can be life threatening, please seek immediate medical care)
- Carbo vegetalis: for severe exposure to smoke where breathing is compromised. (This type of situation requires immediate emergency care, please call 911)
- Spigelia: difficulty breathing and suffocating feeling with palpitations. Accompanied by a violent headache with piercing pain behind the right eye. (This type of situation requires immediate emergency care, please call 911)
Some people benefit from taking glutathione and or alpha lipoic acid supplementation for a brief period after exposure to smoke. This will also help with exposure to the chemicals in flame retardant, a necessary part of fighting fires. Always discuss with your doctor before taking any supplements to avoid drug interactions or adverse reactions.