Health Concerns Caused by Air Impurities

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Poor air quality, both indoor and outdoor, is a worry for everyone. We always want to be in an environment that is generally safe and healthy. Air impurities are commonly known as air pollutants, usually pointing out substances that are not part of the fresh air content or materials that are present with exceeding concentration more than normal range in the atmosphere. Anyone can experience health impacts from air impurities including having difficulty breathing and respiratory depression during indoor or outdoor activities. Your current health status can determine the actual risk of disadvantageous effects for your health, as well as the period of exposure time and pollutant type and concentration. 

Air impurities is caused by numerous factor affecting air quality that include:

  • Indoor air pollutants
  • Air conditioning
  • Pollen
  • Street dust
  • Air pollution
  • Dry and cold air

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How do air impurities damage our health?

Various pollutants in the air can reduce the air quality that we breathe and can damage our health overtime. The following are some health effects as a result from air impurities:

Respiratory Disease. Poor quality of air, for example containing high concentration of PM and nitrogen oxide, can directly affect lung development and is involved in the development of respiratory diseases, such as emphysema, asthma, chronic bronchitis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Cardiovascular Disease. The air pollutant can debilitate blood vessel function and fasten arteries calcification. Nitrogen oxide in the air if inhaled for short period of time daily can increase the risk of hemorrhagic stroke in post-menopausal women. Air impurity can escalate the risk of blood pressure, commonly known as hypertensive disorders, in pregnant women which is a leading cause of premature birth, low birth weight and maternal and fetal illness and death. 

Cancer. Airborne toxic substances in the air, pointedly methylene chloride found in aerosol products and paint remover, can increase the risk of breast cancer. While exposure to benzene is associated with increased risk of Leukemia. 

Affected children's health. Children that are exposed to air impurities are at increased risk from short-term respiratory infections, to developing asthma, bronchitis, and other lung damage that can end up in school absences. Women with high levels of air pollutant exposure in a long period of time can end up with twice the risk of giving birth to a baby with autism. 

Physical disabilities. In some adults, long-term exposure to air pollutants may undoubtedly accelerate physical disabilities which is more noticeable among racial minorities and lower-income people. Alzheimer’s disease is associated with PM 2.5 air pollution that can cause brain declines seen in 65 years old women or older.

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