The Good Air Lady
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Health Effects on Air Pollution

You thought we were going to blame health effects on air pollution, didn't you. No, it's the other way around. So many of the health issues we face today are directly or indirectly attributed to air pollution. Different pollutants have different effects on people, but there is an increasing awareness and connection between the air pollution levels in cities and different areas and the various health problems cropping up there. Health effects of air pollution are multiple and potentially serious.

Most people understand that air pollution causes environmental problems, but they may not be as knowledgeable about the fact that we can blame many health effects on air pollution. In fact, some of the symptoms that you have every single day could be attributed to the air pollution, but you are blaming in on a cold, sinus problems, and more. Learning more about the health effects that may be blamed on air pollution can allow you to determine if you are being affected by air pollution, so that you can make changes in your life to help decrease air pollution in your city or town.

Some of the health effects that can be blamed on increased amounts of air pollution can include increased problems with pre-existing health conditions like asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and other lung diseases, as well as allergies. These symptoms can worsen according to the levels of air pollution making it dangerous for patients that are sensitive to the pollution to even leave their homes. Everyone reacts differently to the pollutants that are in the air, having symptoms that range from minor to severe, and this makes it difficult for patients to cope.

We can also blame other health effects on air pollution. Cancer is one disease that many researchers say can be directly connected to people encountering specific pollutants. They can see a clustering effect in areas of high pollution with many patients having the same type of cancer, which shows them that the cause can be directly related to the air pollution that these people come into contact with on a regular basis.

Though skin problems aren't considered life threatening, they can be life changing. If your skin has eruptions, open sores or hives, you may not be as active and happy as you otherwise would be. Air pollution and poor air quality can aggravate skin conditions. And it can cause auto-immune conditions that also impact your skin problems and general health.

This long-term exposure to pollutants is still being studied in areas all over the world, simply because all is not known about the health effects that can be blamed on air pollution.

Who is most susceptible to the health problems caused by air pollution? Infants and children are the first group that comes to mind. Pediatricians all over the world see higher incidences of illnesses like bronchitis, asthma, and earaches in children who live in areas of higher air pollution than normal. Many researchers attribute the large increase of asthma diagnoses in children to the steadily increasing levels of air pollution. They are not the only group of people who are grossly affected by air pollution, however.

The elderly is another group that seems to be more sensitive to air pollution. This is especially true in the elderly who have pre-existing lung conditions. They seem to be more susceptible to the pollutants in the air, which decreases their lung function. This causes them to have many lung problems that decrease their quality of life and possibly even their lives.

As you can see, we can blame many different health effects on air pollution. From the minor symptoms of watery eyes and a constant runny nose to the more severe symptoms of shortness of breath and cancer, there are many different ways that our bodies are trying to tell us that the air pollution is not healthy. By listening to our bodies and finding ways to decrease the amount of pollutants that we release, we can begin to make a difference in the world for us, our children, and future generations.