Asthma Directly Related to Air QualityApr 5th, 2009 | By Mr. Green | Category: Health, News
Asthma is a disease or disorder in the lungs that causes sufferers to experience difficulty in breathing. The condition can be mild to severe, occasional or chronic. Asthma has been the culprit of missed days of school, work, and even some deaths.
Asthma has also increased in occurrence in the past few years as pollution rises and air quality flounders. For many years, the rate at which asthma has increased was suspected to be related to the air quality in both indoor and outdoor air. However, no conclusive proof could be found for lack of controlled testing.
That changed recently when a study this month took on the challenge of proving the importance of air quality in relation to air function. Thirty seven children were moved from urban to rural environments. All of the children had asthma in a mild but persistent form. Upon the move, it was noticed that there was an almost immediate reduction in the inflammatory cells in the nose and that a significant reduction of nitric oxide levels also occurred. This is important as the exhalation of nitric oxide is thought to reflect the degree of inflammation in the airways and lungs.
To see if the air quality had a direct impact, air was tested in both the former urban environments and in the new rural environments. Pollen counts and air pollution were measured meteorologically to ensure accurate readings for the study.
Relocation to the less polluted rural environments also brought with it an improvement of airway function. This was indicated and measured by the amount of air the children could expel after the move compared to the amount of air they could expel in the urban environments. The findings suggest a marked improvement when allergens and irritants are controlled in the air.
While the study worked with outside air, it also gives credence to air quality’s relationship with asthma. If windows are opened, then air from the outside can and does enter the home. Vents and other airway passages commonly found in homes can also be sources of irritants. Given these simple facts, it is advisable for families to invest in air purification systems that enhance the quality of air breathed in an effort to reduce allergies, asthma attacks, and ultimately medical bills.
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