Wildfire air pollution causing heath problems on the Western Slope

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Polluted air is coming from states to the north and west, and while it is ruining views, it is also causing major troubles for those with allergies and asthma.

"This is the worst reaction I've had in a number of years," said Cheryl King.

For many along the Western Slope the smoke is leaving them in a fog.
"This week has been a bad week for allergy and asthma suffers," said Dr. David Scott from the Allergy and Asthma Center of Western Colorado.

The increased air pollution is traveling from wildfires several states away. While people are suffering, Doctor Scott says there’s not much people can do.

"Unlike allergies, when it comes to pollution there’s less tools in our tool kit," said Dr. Scott.

The Mesa County Health Department says the air quality in the valley is not at a dangerous level quite yet.

"Currently we are only in the moderate category, which is one step above good," said Melissa Salter of the Mesa County Health Department.

For people like Cheryl King, the weather is making it difficult to do every day functions.

"I’m miserable. It’s difficult to function," said King.

The average person should not feel the effects of the air pollution, yet Doctor Scott says to make sure to listen to your body.

"If you're getting tightness, wheezing, and coughing than make sure to give your doctor a call,” said Dr. Scott.

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