Medical Conditions due to Air Pollution

How Air Pollution is Causing Medical Conditions in Women and Children

Air pollution is a rising cause of concern all over the world. Apart being from one of the most widespread forms of pollution, it is also one of the most inevitable ones. Being an ever pervading medium and carrier, air can transfer pollutants very fast in a very short span of time. This makes it almost impossible for any person breathing in polluted air, to avoid infection.

In recent years, indoor air pollution has emerged as one of the leading causes of health issues in Indian metro cities. Indoor equipment, cooking fires and the presence of pets, added to our usual vehicular emissions and industrial emissions have completely poisoned the air we breathe.

The fact that air pollution can have injurious effects on the human body cannot be ignored any longer.

Toxic micro particles spread by air pollution can enter our lungs through the nasal track and cause various health issues ranging in severity from seasonal allergies to respiratory illnesses and cancer.

Air pollution can also adversely affect the health of women during pregnancy, and their unborn children can suffer from weakened immune systems. Newly born children also get affected by air pollution as they breathe in more than adults during their formative years.

It is now an established fact that babies born in areas with air pollution will have lower immunity against various types of infections, cough and cold and might also exhibit some inborn allergies.

Not just babies and children, adults are also widely affected due to polluted air. The conditions that they may experience include cardiovascular diseases, weakening of lung function and pneumonia, apart from the much more serious cancer and/or COPD.

It is very necessary that one take precautions to protect themselves and prevent any health conditions due to pollution. Here are some measures that can be taken to counter the harmful effects of air pollution:

– Wearing masks when going out

– Travelling in closed transportation

– Staying in properly ventilated houses

– Getting an air purification unit for your home, office and vehicle

The long term solution to combating the growing air pollution crisis, is to start treating our environment and our planet with care and respect. Even so, it will be decades before we see a significant improvement in the quality of the air we breathe. Until then, let’s do the best we can to keep ourselves and our little ones safe from the pollutants that surround us, so that we can all breathe easy in the future.

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