Smoke can be one of the hazardous things that can directly affect your health. It is always ideal to avoid inhaling smoke whenever applicable. This is one of the main reasons why we encourage people to engage with a professional fire damage restoration service when it comes to eliminating residential or commercial smoke damage.

Even when you encounter fire damage and the fire has died down, invisible smoke damage persists. Inhaling smoke from wildfire or any residential or commercial fire can lead to several health issues.

This blog features the five common health issues that you can keep in check via efficient smoke damage cleanup.

Asthma

Asthma is a condition where the individual’s airway is inflated and produces extra mucus, which in turns leads to breathing difficulty.

Soot and mold can catalyze the severity of asthma. Fire damage can lead to smoke lingering throughout the house.
Literally transformed, harmful smoke particles can infiltrate your furniture, carpets and window blinds. These particles can find their way to the lungs of a person diagnosed with asthma. Overexposure to such conditions can lead to permanent lung damage.

Emphysema

Emphysema is a lung condition characterized by the shortness of breath. The condition affects the air sacs in the lungs, the walls of which weakens and ruptures over time. This leads to the creation of larger air spaces. The condition diminishes the surface area of the lungs, which in turn reduces the amount of oxygen passed through the bloodstream.

Overexposure to smoke or living in unhealthy environmental condition can trigger emphysema. The condition, once diagnosed, is almost impossible to cure. You can only prolong the progression of this condition via treatment.

Chronic Bronchitis

Bronchitis if not controlled and treated can lead to emphysema. The condition is characterized by the inflammation of the bronchial tubes. The inflammation leads to additional mucus formation, which adds to the difficulty in breathing.

Smoke can contribute to the severity of bronchitis. This is why we recommend that it ideal to consult a professional smoke damage cleanup service when you encounter fire damage and if there is anyone in your family who suffers from acute or chronic bronchitis.

Ocular concerns

Irritating or burning eyes is one of the immediate symptoms of exposure to smoke from a fire. Even after the fire has been controlled, you might continue feeling that irritation.

Controlling smoke damage can help you prevent such scenarios.

Skin damage

Soot and smoke particles lingering in the fire-damaged environment can make your skin dry. This is a major health concern for people living in a fire damaged property. The dryness of skin might take a number of treatments in order to be brought under control.

When living in a fire damaged property, always look for signs or symptoms that might tell you that the smoke damage has not been completely eradicated. Cough, phlegm, wheezing, chest pain, shortness of breath are some of the common symptoms to keep an eye out for.