Noxious Gas Stove Emissions Worse Asthma Symptoms In Young Children

Johns Hopkins scientists report that high levels of a noxious gas from stoves can be added to the list of indoor pollutants that aggravate asthma symptoms of inner-city children, especially preschoolers.

Nitrogen dioxide (NO2), an irritating and toxic form of nitrogen oxide gas, is most prevalent in industrial zones but also found at higher levels in poor homes with unvented gas stoves.

Hopkins researchers say asthma flare-ups were directly related to high concentrations of NO2 in the inner city homes they studied.

Specifically, the researchers compared the frequency and intensity of coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness to NO2 levels inside the inner-city homes of 150 Baltimore City 2- to 6-year-olds.

Eighty-three percent of the households had gas stoves, 72 percent were heated by natural gas, and 14 percent used gas stoves for heating in the winter. Forty-two percent of the households had annual incomes under $25,000.

Across the board they found that the pollutant worsened day and night symptoms. Each 20-point increase in nitrogen dioxide levels led to 10 percent more days of cough and 15 percent more days with limited speech due to wheezing.

Read more at Medical News Today

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    As a naturopath, I see child patients every week who are being affected by toxins in the home, including fumes from carpeting, varnishes, plastic toys or furniture, fabrics, cleaners, air fresheners, and ordinary tap water that’s been heated for a bath or shower. It’s nothing new. There’s been a lot of research linking allergies and asthma (and also immune problems) to toxins, but they’re still widely used by industry, even in the production of personal care products for children.

    And not only children are affected. A recent study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care medicine said that poor air quality can affect blood vessels, leading to cardiovascular disease.

    As long as we take a bit by bit approach to allergies, asthma and other health issues, I don’t think we’ll ever make real headway. Reducing exposure to toxins and detoxification are key elements of the allergy program used at my clinics, and they make a real difference to patients’ health and recovery.

    Bojan Schianetz N.D.

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