The smoke caused by raging wild fires in Southern California poses a serious health risk to people suffering from asthma and other lung conditions.

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) recommends the following steps for asthmatics and people with other respiratory diseases whose lungs are irritated by smoke:

* Keep windows closed at night to prevent smoke from drifting into the home.
* Use an air conditioner and dehumidifier to keep air clean, cool, and dry.
* Keep car windows closed when traveling.
* Avoid outdoor exercise.
* Use a paper mask when you need to be outside and smoke levels are high.
* Take medications as prescribed in the recommended dosage. Do not take more medication to alleviate severe symptoms.

* Work together with an allergist/immunologist to ensure medications are helping and notify an allergist/immunologist when reactions to medications occur. Contact your physician or allergist/immunologist if symptoms persist.