The symptoms that come along with being in the midst of wildfire smoke can vary from person to person. That is according to the Medical Officer of Health for Alberta Health Services South Zone. Doctor Vivien Suttorp says some are more sensitive and others are simply more vulnerable.
The wildfire smoke in Lethbridge took many people by surprise. Environment Canada issued a special air quality statement with a 7 or high risk rating. According to one Lethbridge pharmacist Vishal Sukhadiya, the poor air quality also caused people from both Alberta and BC with respiratory issues to purchase a number of inhalers.
Sukhadiya says that patients in BC would normally have to go to a doctor to get a prescription for an inhaler.