While the most apparent symptoms of wildfire smoke are coughing, shortness of breath, sore throats, and red eyes, your ears can also become irritated.
“It’s all the same system,” said Dr. Albert Merati, a UW Medicine otolaryngologist. “Things that irritate your nose or throat would also irritate your ears.”
Powerful winds have spread smoke from wildfires in Eastern Washington across the the state. Take care of your lungs by reducing your exposure to this unhealthy air.
The haze of wildfire smoke in the skies has become a common sight in late summer. Dr. Coralynn Sack, a UW Medicine pulmonologist, says her patients complain of worsened symptoms when smoke is in the air.
The smoke-filled air that has enveloped Seattle for several days makes breathing especially difficult for people with asthma and other lung conditions, says UW Medicine pulmonologist Joshua Benditt.
Usually, clear blue skies mark the end of summer in the Northwest. But not this year.