UCLA pulmonologist shares impacts of wildfires on air quality, health

October 29, 2019

Air quality is a critical area of research for the UCLA Sustainable LA Grand Challenge. As wildfire season continues in the Los Angeles region, Dr. Eric Kleerup, a pulmonologist at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine, shares how wildfires impact air quality and what precautions can be taken in a recent UCLA Newsroom story:

While minimal exposure is not enough to cause long-term health damage, short-term symptoms from exposure to particulate matter and smoke can include irritated eyes, runny nose, shortness of breath, and a scratchy throat.

Poor air quality can exacerbate the symptoms of health conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and it is critical to seek medical attention if this happens.

If you must be outdoors, consider wearing a fitted mask.

Read more at UCLA Newsroom.