Unless previously diagnosed by a doctor, it is not recommended to use an inhaler to help breathing in the smoke.
While they may help someone with a breathing condition, the average person probably should not use one, even with the air quality being so poor.
"The healthy human being won't have to take an inhaler in such weather. But if you're asthmatic or if you have a COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) or a breathing problem history, then maybe this weather would bother you," said Dalia Elsayed from Abex Pharmacy.
According to Elsayed, there hasn't been an increase of people coming to buy or fill their inhalers since the smoke came in.
"Most of those patients already have their own medication. So they know how to use it, they know how to deal with it."
If you’re having trouble breathing, Elsayed has some other tips.
"For the other people, I would not recommend going to medication right away. Rather avoid the contact, open the humidifier in the house and try to clean the air as much as possible."
If anyone seems to be having serious issues breathing they should seek medical attention immediately.

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