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Nov 2022

How Air pollution damages your lungs?

Posted By Suborna Fermi Posted on Nov 25, 2022

Exactly how bad air pollution can affect your lungs depends on the type, concentration of the air pollutants in the air, and how far the air pollutants have gone down on to your lungs.

Air that carries a high concentration or mix of pollutants, is basically called polluted air. This air pollution can cause harm to nature as well as humans. Millions of premature deaths are occurring worldwide in a year because of the pollution.

If you live or work in a very high air polluted area, then you should have the knowledge about how the air pollution is affecting your respiratory system and lungs.

What are the types of air pollutants?

As stated earlier, the effect of air pollution in some aspects depends on the type of air pollutants. The general types of air pollutants are:

  • Nitrogen dioxide
  • Ozone
  • Particulate matter
  • Sulfur dioxide

Acute effects of Air pollution:

If you are exposed to high concentrations of air pollutants, then you may experience certain acute symptoms.

  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Irritated airways

You may experience the mentioned symptoms quickly after the exposure to the pollutants.

Chronic effects of Air pollution:

Several studies have shown that, if you have chronic exposure to air pollutants then there is a high risk of you developing critical lung diseases, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and even lung cancer. Long or chronic exposure to air pollution may cause you asthma as well. Some recent studies have proved that children who are brought up in polluted areas are more prone to develop asthma.

It is the duty for all of us to protect our mother nature, ourselves and our loved ones from the harmful effects of air pollution. And not only air pollution, there are many types of pollution that have harmful effects. Initiate taking some necessary steps to make our environment clean and pollution free.