What are the health effects of dust storms?
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.