Fall Allergy Season In Full Swing After Fire Season


By Andrew Reed

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) A smoky haze has been hovering over the Magic and Wood River Valleys the past couple of months.

But, what does this mean for your health?

With an active fire season throughout the state the summer months were filled with smoke which leads to bad air.

This is a challenge for people who have respiratory problems.

"Especially in the months of July and August we were seeing a lot of people affected by the wild land fire smoke” said Dr. Gregory Wickern, Asthma & Allergy of Idaho.

Doctor Wickern saw an average amount of patients come through the door during fire season.

But, patients had more of a greater variety of symptoms than normal.

"There were upper airway problems like headaches, nasal congestion, sore throats, and then there are people who have lower airway asthma, COPD, who are also having activation of those lower airway problems” said Dr. Gregory Wickern, Asthma & Allergy of Idaho.

Forecasters believe cooler temperatures could be a positive thing.

The colder air and stronger winds will help improve the air quality.

"Throughout the summer we had air quality problems not just because fires in Idaho but burning from Washington and Oregon, even Nevada and California. The upper level winds carry that smoke” said Brian Neudorff

Smoke that hasn't fully cleared the air, and an allergy season that is expected to be normal.

The DEQ reports as of June 1, 2012 Twin Falls had one day of unhealthy conditions for sensitive groups and Ketchum had 13-days of unhealthy conditions for sensitive groups, and 3-days of unhealthy conditions.

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