11 Dec, 2015
Air pollution is becoming a major health issue affecting people of all age groups in Delhi. Delhi's pollution was reported as being nearly 30 times higher than WHO's safety benchmark. The aerosols, ozone (O3), carbon monoxide (CO).smoke, fumes, dust, ash, in the air when inhaled can have serious impact on your health, affecting the lungs and as well as the heart..
While air pollution is hazardous to everyone’s health, children especially infants, elderly and those with compromised immunity are at greater risk. In children, air pollution can:
The most common respiratory infections include allergies and asthma as well as more serious problems, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer. Symptoms may include – sneezing, runny nose, congestion in the nasal sinuses, sore throat, body aches, fever, headache, shortness of breath, etc. Air pollution can trigger heart attacks, strokes, and irregular heart rhythms, particularly in people already at risk for these conditions, such as smokers. If you have high blood pressure or high blood cholesterol, or have a family history of stroke or early heart disease, you too are at risk. (Weather extremes (extreme cold and heat) and high pollution sometimes can work together to make it particularly dangerous for those at risk.) Rephrase – Extreme weather coupled with high pollution levels is particularly dangerous for people who fall in the above risk categories. Other health hazards of high pollution.
Here are a few tips to reduce the effects of air pollution on your health,