Schofield brushfire causes health issues

Schofield brushfire causes health issues
Published: Oct. 28, 2013 at 10:35 PM HST|Updated: Oct. 29, 2013 at 12:02 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The brushfire that burned on Schofield Barracks property has been 100% contained.  However the fire, which burned 450 acres of land, caused headaches for residents of central Oahu.

Although the fire has never threatened any homes, it has proved to be a big concern for many residents of Wahiawa.

The reason is all the smoke that has drifted into town over the past six days.

"There has been an uptick in the number of patients coming in with respiratory complaints" said Doctor Thomas Forney, the Director of the Emergency Department at Wahiawa General Hospital.

While Dr. Forney has seen a small spike, it isn't unprecedented or that unusual.

"It's no worse than what we get when the trade winds die and we get vog moving in heavily" he added.

He also notes that the treatment for the smoke inhalation is fast, and effective.

"We give them medicines to decrease some of the inflammation and help to open up the lungs and help them breathe easier…typical treatments being Albuterol treatments and steroids".

If you have been affected, but not enough to go to the emergency room or to see a doctor, Dr. Forney has some recommendations to help lessen the effects of the smoke.

"Most important would be if you are prone to breathing difficulties, stay indoors, decrease exercise, try to do things to avoid exposure to the polluted air".

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