The air quality in SE Idaho is in the “moderate to very unhealthy range” for the next few days so those of us with allergies, asthma and other related issues (read: MCAS) are being advised to stay indoors.
Being the rebel I am, I decided to risk it. After medicating with my oral and nasal cromolyn sodium alone (I am off of my other medicines until I see my doctor again) I headed out with my trusty G & F Particulate Respirator Dust Mask firmly in place.
These masks are exactly the type recommended for those of us who need extra protection against airborne triggers. According to the experts in Environmental Health:
Wearing a special mask called a “particulate respirator” can also help protect your lungs from wildfire smoke. Choose a mask called a “ particulate respirator” that has the word “NIOSH” and either “N95” or “P100” printed on it.
I was outside during pretty heavy smoke for a couple of hours today, visiting a local hobby farm to pick up some heritage turkeys for our little organic homestead and this mask really did a good job of keeping my lungs safe.
I’m glad I stocked up on them because this smoke is supposed to be here for the next few days and they really do work (for me!). Just thought I’d share my experience just in case anyone else is wondering which masks work best for those of us with mast cell issues. The best thing about them is they are really cheap – about $1 apiece. The job they do is priceless, though.
Good luck and remember, we’re in this mast cell craziness together!