Can Indoor Pollution Be Harmful?

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Indoor air pollution can pose significant risks to your health. Those who are exposed to indoor air pollution may experience symptoms such as itchy eyes, sneezing, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. Long term exposure can lead to hypersensitivity and (in the worst cases) lung cancer and death.

The extent of the negative impact of indoor air pollution on one’s health will vary from person to person. Those who are at greatest risk are the most vulnerable among us: the very young, the very old and people with breathing problems. Everyone, though, should be concerned about the quality of the air they breathe. While some people begin to show symptoms immediately upon first exposure to indoor air pollution, others may not see the effects for years after exposure or only after repeated exposures.

Likely reactions to biological contaminants include allergic reactions, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, allergic rhinitis, and some types of asthma. Disease-causing toxins released by molds and mildews, and viruses such as influenza and chicken pox can all be transmitted through the air. Symptoms of health problems caused by these biological pollutants include sneezing, watery eyes, coughing, shortness of breath, dizziness, lethargy, fever, and digestive problems.

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