Various factors in the environment and outside of your home can be important triggers that cause asthma and asthma attacks.
While there is no evidence on asthma and air pollution, it can trigger attacks in people who have asthma.
Some air pollutants can cause asthma and worsen asthma symptoms.
As asthma and air pollution go hand in hand, it is better to live in rural areas than in inner city.
There is no best place to live for every one with asthma. But you should live in such a place where you can come in contact with few triggers.
Some asthma triggers can occur in any part of the country such as cigarette smoke or viral infection but some may vary such as air quality or pollen.
For many people the location of their house can cause asthma. If your asthma and air pollution are related to damp, such as dust mites or mold spores, avoid housing with signs of damp or near underground rivers or canals or near overground.
Air pollution can make asthma worse, so if you live in a city with a lot of air pollution, your asthma will worsen and than if you lived in a cleaner environment.
The air particles that cause asthma are natural (pollen, bacteria) or man made (tobacco smoke, vehicle emissions). Fine particles can cause asthma as they can get deep into the lungs. These particles can irritate the airways and can cause asthma attacks.
When coal and oil are burned, sulphur dioxide is formed which can cause asthma. If you have asthma, you can experience symptoms of asthma when exposed to sulphur dioxide. It is a major cause of asthma and air pollution.
Burning of coal and oil in motor vehicle emissions and power stations are the major sources of nitrogen dioxide. It is a major cause of asthma and air pollution as it may cause infection in airways worsening asthma symptoms.
If ozone is present in the air you breathe, it can irritate the lungs and make breathing difficult. Symptoms of asthma increase when there is more ozone in the air. Ozone and nitrogen dioxide together are the major asthma and air pollution factors that occurs in some busy cities.
Symptoms of asthma and air pollution:
Symptoms of asthma and air pollution include
- Tightness in the chest
- Shortness of breathing
- Nasal congestion
- Eye irritation
Children and elderly are most affected by asthma and air pollution. Young children are more susceptible to air pollution and air pollution effects on health are greatest in children with under controlled disease.
If you are affected with asthma and air pollution, remain indoors and close the doors and windows on smoggy days. Wear a mask which covers your nose and mouth if you are going out and exposed to smoke. If you are traveling in a vehicle, close the windows and stop the smoke entering the vehicle.