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What are the health effects of indoor air pollution?

What are the health effects of indoor air pollution?

Infection: Mrsa a deadly bug and molds that can cause pneumonia. E. Coli infection as well. ...Read more

Dr. Lester Kobzik
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Air Pollution (Definition)

Air pollution is the introduction of chemicals and other materials into the atmosphere that cause harm to living organisms ...Read more


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How can air pollution effect health? What are the health effects of air pollution?

How can air pollution effect health? What are the health effects of air pollution?

The small particles.: The small particles and acidic chemicals in air pollution are very irritating for our respiratory systems. That is why in heavily polluted cities there is an increased incidence of asthma and of infectious respiratory conditions. It is estimated that thousands of people who are vulnerable die from severe air pollution. ...Read more

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What are the health effects of air pollution and water pollution on children?

Research ongoing: there have been any studies over the past decade looking at effects of pollution on children. Some studies have looked at associations between pollution exposure in-utero and after birth with asthma, development, school performance, as well as many others. While nothing is 100% certain, it is better to have less exposure to pollution than more exposure. ...Read more

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What are the health risks of outdoor wood smoke?

What are the health risks of outdoor wood smoke?

Not much: Life is meant to be lived and (I would hope) to be enjoyed. Staying away from a nice bonfire because you're super-scrupulous about inhaling a tiny amount of smoke just isn't worth it. You can't go through life shunning everything that might contain something that might irritate you or have some nasty something in it. Embrace life. ...Read more

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What are the major health risks of smoking tobacco free sheesha / hookah?

What are the major health risks of smoking tobacco free sheesha / hookah?

Hookah has same risk: as smoking & per CDC can cause cancer of “Bladder, Blood (acute myeloid leukemia), Cervix, Colon & rectum (colorectal), Esophagus, Kidney & ureter, Larynx, Liver, Oropharynx (includes parts of the throat, tongue, soft palate, & the tonsils), Pancreas, Stomach, Trachea, bronchus, & lung.REF: https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/health_effects/effects_cig_smoking/index.ht ...Read more

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What are the health risks of cigarettes, aside from lung cancer?

What are the health risks of cigarettes, aside from lung cancer?

Too numerous to list: Cigarettes cause exposure to hundreds of toxic substances that can affect all parts of your body. They also induce extra inflammation in many parts of the body which can cause acceleration of aging and of multiple other negative processes in the body. Looks up risks of cigarette smoking and the number of possible problems linked to smoking will take hours or longer to review. Stop or don't start ...Read more

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What are health risks that are associated with air pollution?

What are health risks that are associated with air pollution?

Many including death: It is estimated 3 million people die prematurely each year from outdoor air pollution and indoor air pollution also kills many. Air pollution increases risk of lung disease, heart disease, strokes and cancer. While most of these effects occur over time, bad pollution can cause acute deaths from asthma. See http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs313/en/ and http://tinyurl.com/y8fhtocm ...Read more

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What are the health risks of daily airplane travel?

What are the health risks of daily airplane travel?

DVT, jet lag dry air: Deep venous thrombosis (DVT, blood clots in legs) and its main complication, pulmonary embolism, is the main serious risk. Jet lag, if repeatedly across time zones; beyond sleepiness at the wrong times, repeated and prolonged jet lag affects overall health. Onboard air is very dry, irritating mouth and throat for some people. But overall, onboard air is fresher and cleaner than in most homes. ...Read more

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What are the health effects of exposure to acidic pollution?

What are the health effects of exposure to acidic pollution?

It depends: Health effects depend on the route of exposure (respiratory vs. ingestion vs absorption through the skin) as well as the type and strength of the acid. In general acids will cause damage by disrupting cell membranes. ...Read more

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Health effects of vaping vs health effects of cigarette smoking?

Health effects of vaping vs health effects of cigarette smoking?

Both are risky: E cigarettes don't produce tar or carbon monoxide like smoking does. E- cigarettes may contain volatile organic compounds, heavy metals (like lead, tin & nickel), ultrafine particles (which may be drawn deep into lungs ), diacetyl & Nicotine which is addictive. REF: https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/ ...Read more

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What health risks are associated with radon exposure?

What health risks are associated with radon exposure?

There may be some: Radon is sometimes blamed as the cause for lung Cancer. But it is not a proven cause. You can get your home Radon level checked if you are concerned. Most houses do not have this problem. Why do you have this concern?? ...Read more

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What are the health risks of smoking marijuana?

What are the health risks of smoking marijuana?

Mental Health risks: Possible effects of marijuana: anxiety, depression, fear, panic , delusions, paranoia, hallucinations, losing touch with reality, inattentiveness, short-term memory problems, disturbances of thought processes. Fatigue, poor concentration, slowed reaction times ; slowed problem solving. ...Read more

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Aside from hurting people with asthma, does air pollution affect the rest of the population?

If high enough, yes: The EPA calculates AQI for five major air pollutants. Levels tell you how clean or polluted air is. Values >100 are unsafe for asthmatics, however higher levels can be harmful to everyone. Short term effects include cough and shortness of breath however daily, repeated exposure to polluted air can lead to long term health consequences like resp infections, heart disease, COPD, stroke, lung cancer ...Read more

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Is air pollution a major cause of asthma?

Is air pollution a major cause of asthma?

Yes: Various toxins (pollution) the air can trigger asthma attacks, however, the most common reasons for asthma attacks are viral illnesses and allergies. ...Read more

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What are the health risk of mold exposure? How much mold exposure is considered hazardous?

What are the health risk of mold exposure? How much mold exposure is considered hazardous?

Mold: Mold exposure depends on the duration of exposure, there is no set level that determines a dangerous or hazardous level but chronic exposure can lead to respiratory problems. ...Read more

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What are the hazards of smoking indoors?

What are the hazards of smoking indoors?

Smoking Stinks: Numerous indoor environmental risks such as; fire, carbon monoxide toxicity, persistent odor, and nicotine stains, as well as increased health related risks including; upper and lower respiratory infections, chronic eye irritation, decreased sense of smell, and taste perversion. Also, don't forget about oral, lung, renal and bladder cancers, heart disease, peripheral vascular disease, stroke, etc. ...Read more

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What are the health risks of herbal cigarettes?

What are the health risks of herbal cigarettes?

Many...: Including cancer, heart disease, lung disease, premature aging, dementia, stroke, and death (and this is far from a complete list). Keep in mind, all cigarettes are herbal. Tobacco is an herb. If you are asking about clove cigarettes, then add suddenly coughing up blood to the list, as that has been reported after smoking clove cigarettes. ...Read more

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I live in a country with high air pollution and read that exercising during pollution is bad for heart. Do exercise benefits outweight the costs?

I live in a country with high air pollution and read that exercising during pollution is bad for heart. Do exercise benefits outweight the costs?

Pollution: I am unaware of any published analysis to specifically answer your concern,in general avoid prolonged exposure,exercise increases the exposure dramatically due to increased minute volumes.Heed local weather advisories ...Read more

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Does the use of chalkdust at indoor climbing centres have any health hazards?

Does the use of chalkdust at indoor climbing centres have any health hazards?

Don't breathe it in: I would not recommend breathing chalkdust in if you can help it, as it could irritate your lungs if you do. You would be coughing and sneezing. If you're asthmatic, it could induce an attack. Use it on your hands as you need to, but be mindful about it. ...Read more

Dr. Ernie Ordonez
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Pollution (Definition)

Pollution is the introduction of chemicals and other materials into the environment that cause harm to living ...Read more