Woodsmoke Particulate + Hypertonic Saline

Woodsmoke Particulate + Hypertonic Saline

Deployment of military personnel has been associated with increased respiratory illness likely due, in part, to inhalation of unusual particulate matter (PM), such as from burn pits. Inflammation is a key initial response to inhaled particulates. The investigator has developed a protocol using inhaled wood smoke particles (WSP) as a way to study PM-induced airway inflammation. Exposure to wood smoke particles causes symptoms, even in healthy people, such as eye irritation, cough, shortness of breath, and increased mucous production. The purpose of this research study is to see if a single treatment of inhaled hypertonic saline (HS) can diminish this PM-induced airway inflammation by rapidly clearing the WSP inhaled particles from airway surfaces. The exposure will be 500 ug/mA3 of WSP for 2 hours, with intermittent exercise on a bicycle and rest. The wood is burned in a typical wood stove and piped into the chamber.

No pharmaceutical medication involved
Patients and healthy individuals accepted

Device - 5% Hypertonic Saline

Subjects will inhale 15 mL of 5% HS for 15 minutes delivered by an ultrasonic nebulizer with a coached cough maneuver

Phase I/II Randomized Cross-over Study of Hypertonic Saline on Airway Inflammatory Response to Inhaled Wood Smoke