Air Pollution | The Effects it Has on Your Health
Air pollution exposure, in both animals and humans is actually associated with compromised pulmonary immune defense mechanisms. In addition, tobacco smoking also shows to cause depressed immune system responses.
Nevertheless, your exposure to particulate matter that can respire reveals to induce lethal response. We call it a systemic inflammatory response which involves stimulation of your bone marrow which can cause you cardio-respiratory morbidity.
Principally, air pollution affects your body’s respiratory system and cardiovascular system.
Individual reactions to air pollutants depend on the type of pollutant you are exposed to as a person, the degree of exposure, your health status and genetics.
However, if you are fond of exercising outdoors e.g. on hot, smoggy days you therefore increase your exposure to pollutants in the air.
These air pollution effects may range from subtle biochemical and physiological changes to difficulty breathing, wheezing, coughing and aggravation of existing respiratory and cardiac conditions.
These effects can result into increased medical use increased doctor or emergency room visits, more hospital admissions and even premature deaths.
Have you heard about Indoor Air Pollution?
Well, according to the WHO (World Health Organisation), every year, there are 3.8 million people who die from household air pollution. Such an indoor air pollution normally comes from a variety of gases, chemicals and other substances.
Nevertheless, smoke is one of the most dangerous types of air pollution. However, there are other pollutants that include or caused by bacteria, moulds, building materials, home products, formaldehyde, naturally occurring gases like radon gas, asbestos fibres- in flame and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
While most of us are aware of outdoor air pollution, we may know little about harmful air pollutants inside our homes. Unfortunately, such ignorance can have grave consequences. Did you know even the mattress you sleep on could be a source of VOCs through a process known as off-gassing?
This could result in worst consequences than a poor night’s sleep.
Factually, the cumulative effects of exposure to indoor air pollutants range from the sniffles to serious illness and even death!
Symptoms of smoke (air) pollution
Eye irritation, skin irritation, nausea. Death will occur as a result of suffocation.
- Removal of the source (the cause of air pollution)
- Improve ventilation
- Regular cleaning of ventilation ducts.
- Educating people.
This is a fossil fuel product, industrial product like sulphur ions, sulphates in the environment.
Effects on eyesight, reproductive failure, heart damage, liver and kidney damage, hearing defect, disturbance of hormonal metabolism.
Taking of sulphur drugs affects the body.
Sulphur is mostly inhaled in gaseous phases thus contributing to air pollution cases.
Basically, this is a depletion from emission of C.F.Cs and emission from natural atmosphere.
- Depletion causes skin cancer, eye disease and also weakens the body systems.
- Increased UV light interferes with photosynthesis i.e. it threatens food security.
- It also affects oceanic productivity.
What Can We Do to Reduce Indoor Air Pollution?
By opening your windows is a very simple but also an effective way of reducing indoor pollution. As a matter of fact, even in big cities, outside air is often cleaner than indoor one.
Moreover, you can (also) avoid chemicals at home or in your office/workplace by using natural cleaning products as an example.
Another way to help reduce indoor air pollution is with houseplants! Naturally, plants convert carbon dioxide into fresh oxygen and remove toxins from the air we breathe. Put several of the plants above as well as around your home.
Mmaka Abbas. (2020). Jamii-Health Blogger & Community Health Officer/Health Counselor. Mombasa County. Kenya. https://jamii-health.co.ke/