The quality of the air we breathe can have a huge impact on how we feel, as well as our day-to-day experience. Often, where there are issues with air quality this will show up in a range of ENT symptoms that can be challenging. If you’re noticing ear, nose and throat problems on a regular basis then it might be time to look closer at the air quality in your environment to determine whether there are any changes that need to be made. These are some of the most common challenges that we face with air quality today, as well as the ENT symptoms that indicate you might have an issue.
- Air pollution. Today, this is not a problem that is purely limited to cities. In fact, rural areas face their own challenges when it comes to air pollution. Air pollution has many dangers for human health and can be especially harmful during the warmer months of the year when there tends to be more moisture in the air. The more moisture there is, the easier it will be for smog and smoke particles to attach to the lungs. Some of the main indicators that there is an issue with the air quality where you are include a sore throat or a cough, experienced on a regular basis, ongoing chest pain and experiencing symptoms that look and feel like an asthma attack. Where these are persistent, it’s advisable to get some ENT support with your symptoms and ensure that the environment you’re in is examined for air pollution issues.
- Allergens in the air. This tends to be more noticeable during the spring and summer months when pollen levels rise but allergens can affect air quality at any time of year. In addition to pollen there are many other allergens that can cause issues for those who are sensitive to them, from food allergens to pet dander. An allergen is anything that triggers an allergic reaction in humans and today there are many different sources, including cosmetics and cleaning products that are used on the skin or indoors. Signs of issues with allergens include a runny nose, coughing and sneezing and itching or streaming eyes.
- Tobacco smoke. We often dismiss tobacco smoke as a problem today, as the law now requires most shared spaces to be smoke-free and for smokers to take their habit outside. However, issues still remain, especially if cigarettes, cigars or pipes are being smoked at home. The chemicals in tobacco not only pose a risk for those smoking them but also for others who are inhaling second hand smoke, especially children. Tobacco smoke can cause a lot of irritation to the ear, nose and throat and be the cause of itching, inflammation and coughs.
Air quality has a big impact on how well we function as humans, especially when it comes to the ears, nose and throat. The better the air quality is in your environment, the healthier your body will be.
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