What Effects Does Pollution Have on Asthma Sufferers?
Besides pollution which is one factor that has become increasingly common in exacerbating asthma symptoms, our sedentary lifestyle and lack of exposure to dirt and germs so that we don’t build up immunities are another factor. As with the other factors, pollution can and should be controlled to ease symptoms. Although steps are being taken to control pollution, there’s still much present in the form of car exhaust, contamination from chemical plants, and cigarette smoke, plus a myriad of other sources.
As the lungs of children are relatively smaller compared to adults, they are most at risk for developing asthma because of exposure to pollution. In other words, they are exposed to the same density of pollution as adults are but they receive a much greater concentration of it because they are proportionately smaller than adults. Therefore, with this pollution exposure, if children live in a house where smoking takes place and/or they live in an area that is smog filled, their health problems will be much greater than those of the adults.
In addition, those who already have asthma may see symptoms getting worse than they used to be. More sufferers need immediate visits to the emergency room likewise previously they may have simply been able to treat symptoms at home.
In short pollution is an asthma trigger that can and should be reduced. Of course, we as citizens should write or complain to our public official about the environmental controls to reduce pollution. Personally, we can control pollution ourselves by keeping our homes and lives as pollution free as possible such as reducing cigarette smoke and driving cars that have the lowest emissions possible. Alternatively we can also take public transportation or carpool instead of driving ourselves alone. Finally in addition getting public officials to put “green” power sources into place, such as solar and wind energy, we ourselves can cut down our energy consumption and thus reduce the amount of coal and oil that need to be mined to meet our energy needs. We ourselves are responsible for those coal emissions because even though we are not burning that coal and oil personally, if we use electricity in our homes, we are requiring that power plant that generates our electricity to burn coal to produce it. Therefore, we can take steps now to be prudent with our energy use including efficient use of lighting and appliances as well as other energy-saving measures in our homes.
Ask your doctor for measures to be taken to keep your own home as pollution-free as possible. In addition to your doctor’s advice, some other methods include commonsensical things like avoid smoking in your house. Use air filters in your home to reduce airborne pollutants like dust, pet dander or hair.
Finally, as stated above, use public transportation or car pool. This will reduce smog from vehicle emissions, which is one of the major asthma trigger. If you suffer from asthma and since exercise is one of the improvement factor, bicycle or walking for a shorter distances is advisable. Just watch what results will be, not only will the reduced pollutants in your area improve your asthma, the exercise will help your symptoms improve as well.