It's no secret that recent wildfires have heavily affected air quality across the country.

I know here in Illinois we aren't necessarily close to the wildfires, but that doesn't mean we aren't seeing any of the environmental effects. I know the days the air started to get worse, my allergies got BAD.

I have seasonal allergies. But these were days where I was sneezing every few minutes, my entire face itched, and the only thing that could save me was a Benadryl and a nap.

I think it was because of the wildfires. Cedars Sinai details -

Individuals living with allergies are at risk of worsening symptoms. People with allergies and asthma often have chronically inflamed airways, which makes them very sensitive to irritants like smoke.

Can relate!

One man was flying over Illinois this week and he took a video of the air quality. I'm no environmental expert, but it looks pretty hazy to me. Of course, the view from up high in the air is never crystal clear, but I can definitely tell it's got a sort of fog over it.

Let's take a look at the video posted by James Hyatte on YouTube -

His caption says -

Flying home Oshkosh 2021 through haze and smoke from fires from western states. Visibility was terrible at times.
This fire and smoke map is a great resource to check on air quality.

As of right now, our air quality is a mix of good and moderate. But the west is covered in flame icons and red warnings of air quality. So if your allergies have been worse than normal, this might be the reason.

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