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Types of Health Concerns Associated with Indoor Air Quality
There is a lot of concern over air pollution and greenhouse gases in the environment, but it might be surprising to learn that the air quality indoors is often just as bad, and often worse, than the air outdoors. People spend 90% of their lives indoors, and therefore are most likely going to inhale the pollutants that are present in air indoors.
Poor indoor air quality can be blamed partially on common pollutants entering buildings through air leaks in the structure. Indoor air pollutants can also come from sources commonly found indoors, like consumer products, gas appliances, building materials and furniture. The toxic emissions from many of these sources could potentially have serious repercussions on your health. Pollutants come in two main forms: particulate (particles) and gases. Particulate pollutants include things such as fine dust, dust mites, pet dander, mold spores, and pollen. Gas pollutants include volatile organic compounds that come from many sources including cleaning solutions, carpets, building materials, and plastics. Other common pollutants include tobacco smoke, radon, and fumes from fuel combustion (from furnaces, gas stoves, cars, etc.). Poor indoor air quality can aggravate allergy symptoms, like runny nose and watery eyes, or it may lead to headaches, dry eyes, nasal congestion, nausea and fatigue. All of these air pollutants could potentially lead to serious health consequences over time.
The best way to protect against indoor air pollution is to prevent or minimize the release of indoor pollutants. Indoor air pollutants can be reduced by following safety instructions when using chemical products; using appliances properly; taking precautions when using building materials, carpets and fabrics that emit gases; keeping the indoors free from dust, mold and mildew; and providing good ventilation. Another way to reduce poor indoor air quality is by using an air purifier to help remove many of these contaminants from the air and surfaces. This will ensure that the air you are breathing is clean and free from harmful contaminants.
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Some health effects may show up shortly after a single exposure or repeated exposures to a pollutant. After exposure to some indoor air pollutants, symptoms of some diseases such as asthma may show up, be aggravated or worsened.
Some people can become sensitized to biological or chemical pollutants after repeated or high level exposures.If the symptoms fade or go away when a person is away from the area, for example, an effort should be made to identify indoor air sources that may be possible causes.
While pollutants commonly found in indoor air can cause many harmful effects, there is considerable uncertainty about what concentrations or periods of exposure are necessary to produce specific health problems. It is prudent to try to improve the indoor air quality in your home even if symptoms are not noticeable.
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