What are the health effects of dust storms?

09th Sep 2019

Dust storms may have adverse effects on your health and is especially harmful for people who already have breathing-related difficulties. Inhaling small or fine dust can get deep into the lungs and cause serious health problems.

Common symptoms that you may experience during a dust storm include:

  • Itchy or burning eyes
  • Throat irritation
  • Skin irritation
  • Coughing or sneezing
  • Respiratory or breathing difficulties, including asthma attacks.

If you have a heart or lung condition, follow your treatment plan prescribed by your doctor. If you experience chest tightness, wheezing, difficulty breathing, or your symptoms do not settle, seek urgent medical assistance.