(KAIT) - Thick smoke could be seen across Region 8 Tuesday after area farmers burned their fields.
While it is a normal occurrence around harvest season, the increased amount of particles in the air can be dangerous for some.
For people with allergies, burning fields might result in some allergy flare-ups. Those with underlying lung disorders could face respiratory distress.
Director of Medical Education at St. Bernards Dr. Shane Speights said he has already received calls from patients who are having trouble breathing.
"Every year we do see an increase in the number of hospital visits, hospitalizations, people who visit the emergency room with complaints of coughing and lung disease flare ups, and visits to urgent cares," said Speights. "All of those go up when this scenario happens."
Speights recommends people with higher risk of respiratory distress to check the air filters at home, keep a rescue inhaler nearby, and avoid going outside if they do not have to.
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