Effects of Air Pollution on Your Health

How polluted air affects your health.

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The advent of industrialization has brought with it a very serious problem which affects all human beings – air pollution. This problem is a great concern in many (if not all) countries all over the world. Many highly industrialized towns and cities have very high air pollution indices.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) defines air pollution as “a mixture of solid particles and gases in the air”. Emissions from vehicles, chemical substances emitted by factories, dust, pollen and mold spores may be present in the air, suspended as particles. On the other hand, ozone, which is a gas, is a key source of air pollution in many cities. The term smog refers to the air pollution formed by ozone.

 It has been a well-known fact that air pollution is bad for one’s health. A number of pollutants in the air are toxic. When you inhale these pollutants, your risk of developing health problems is increased.

But what health risks are you really facing when you are exposed to air pollution? According to the American Academy of Family Physician, air pollution may:

  • Irritate your eyes, throat and lungs;
  • Cause tightness in your chest, coughing or wheezing;
  • Cause bronchitis (inflammation of the bronchus), particularly in children;
  • Aggravate symptoms of existing heart disease or lung disease; and
  • Aggravate breathing problems during exercise

Considering the above health effects of air pollution, it is best to avoid exposing yourself to this health threat, especially if you have an underlying heart or respiratory problem. However, it is usually impossible to do so especially if you live in highly industrialized cities. Your best option then is to wear a face mask or cover your nose to lessen the amount of polluted air you breathe in.

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  1. papaleng Says...

    On November 1, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Good share, hope something must be done to minimize if not eradicate the effect of air pollution to our health.


  2. Christine Ramsay Says...

    On November 1, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    You have put your points over well. I would hate to live in an industrial area or in a city. I live by the sea where the air is always so fresh. No problems with air pollution here


  3. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On November 1, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    That’s why some people have to move.


  4. Starpisces Says...

    On November 1, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    very informative one you have written here.


  5. LoveDoctor Says...

    On November 2, 2011 at 12:19 am

    A very good post.


  6. Ruby Hawk Says...

    On November 2, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    It’s terrible to think about. this dirty will kill us if something isn’t done to change things.


  7. CA Johnson Says...

    On November 2, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Your article was very informative. I live in the city so it is very hard to avoid air pollution. I do like the idea of wearing a face mask though. I might have to try that.


  8. Tulan Says...

    On November 2, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Awful and we have to breath it.


  9. Eunice Tan Says...

    On November 3, 2011 at 1:39 am

    Pollution is indeed awful but some people do not care


  10. Moses Ingram Says...

    On November 3, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Thank you for sharing this.


  11. Phoenix Montoya Says...

    On November 4, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Good discussion here Mel. We got asthma so we stay away from pollution :(


  12. megamatt09 Says...

    On November 4, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    There are some good points about the nasty consequences.


  13. FX777222999 Says...

    On November 4, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Air pollution is bad to our health, as always.


  14. ittech Says...

    On November 4, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    imp observation


  15. rgreenfield Says...

    On November 4, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    we definitely have to be careful.


  16. Aldy Varius Says...

    On November 4, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    The air pollution surely has many bad effect to our health… we have to be careful


  17. mtrguanlao Says...

    On November 4, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    It’s really hard to puit face mask all the time. I hope people will do something to at least minimize air pollution problems.


  18. ittech Says...

    On November 5, 2011 at 8:08 am

    nice thanks for this


  19. Kristie Claar Says...

    On November 5, 2011 at 11:14 am

    nice article


  20. beingwell Says...

    On November 5, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Thanks for the awareness article.


  21. siler4433 Says...

    On November 5, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Interesting Knowledge!

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  22. mdrkarim7 Says...

    On November 6, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Nice share.


  23. LadyElena Says...

    On November 6, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Interesting article. Pollution is terrible in London. I think that’s why thousands of kids suffer from Asthma.


  24. Inna Tysoe Says...

    On November 7, 2011 at 12:06 am

    That’s true but sometimes the face mask is not an option.


  25. Likha Says...

    On November 7, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    The world is becoming dirtier by the day. It is man alone who can reverse this situation.


  26. Lady Sunshine Says...

    On November 8, 2011 at 6:16 am

    Man caused this.


  27. athena goodlight Says...

    On November 8, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    It’s inevitable. I’m very fortunate to live in the province breathing fresher air than city folks.


  28. ittech Says...

    On November 9, 2011 at 5:21 am

    Cautiously attentive


  29. beingwell Says...

    On November 13, 2011 at 3:49 am

    Caring for the environment is caring for ourselves.


  30. girishpuri Says...

    On November 25, 2011 at 4:15 am

    nice share


  31. girishpuri Says...

    On November 25, 2011 at 4:18 am

    good one


  32. realityspeaks Says...

    On November 27, 2011 at 4:26 am

    Excellent points made. Fresh air is a rarity these days.


  33. ittech Says...

    On December 14, 2011 at 7:03 am

    A pretty good and informative article.

    Very well presented


  34. ittech Says...

    On December 21, 2011 at 9:21 am

    very nice one thanks


  35. LadyElena Says...

    On January 8, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Thanks for raising awareness. Sadly, pollution is increasing everywhere. So many kids in UK suffer from asthma due to it.


  36. Judy Sheldon Says...

    On February 12, 2012 at 2:35 am

    We need to take more precautions to protect our environment.


  37. CHAN LEE PENG Says...

    On February 14, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Pollution is a global concern and we all need to take steps to protect our environment.


  38. realityspeaks Says...

    On February 25, 2012 at 3:17 am

    Excellent points made. carbon emissions are alarmingly high in every country. Going green is the only way that will help.


  39. ittech Says...

    On February 25, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    well written


  40. valli Says...

    On March 10, 2012 at 8:26 am

    You are so true, air pollution leads to many health hazards.


  41. dodolbete Says...

    On March 18, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Very good and informative points. Thank you very much for sharing them ^_^


  42. Kristie Claar Says...

    On August 7, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Another view for this one.


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