Inhaling particles from storm debris can cause health problems

Thousands of volunteers have helped pile debris, cut trees, and burn materials.

With all the clean up efforts going on, the air is full of dust, dirt and particles from insulation that homeowners and volunteers are dealing air full of dust, standing stagnate water, and mold on the walls, carpet and ceilings.

Doctor Jason Smith, a Pulmonary Physician with Huntsville Hospital, said it's enough to make anyone sick.

"With the storms you have to think about it like the ozone. Pollution will bring the ozone down. The more my COPD, or normal person, will become short of breath," said Dr. Smith.

For many, it can create respiratory problems.

"Everything is going to go into the nasal passage or airwaves. We want to protect ourselves from the particles. It's the reaction to these that cause problems, whether it be wheezing or coughing or sinus drainage or more like allergy type symptoms," said Dr. Smith.

Dr. Smith recommends you wear a mask, wash your hands and don't smoke because smoking only adds to the problems caused by inhaling storm debris.

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