Air Pollutants and Different Lung Disorders

The diseases and illnesses caused by air pollution are considered to be environmental lung diseases, and this is caused by the major components of pollution in the air such as ozone, nitrogen oxide, and suspended solid or liquid particles. There are multiple ways on how we contribute to pollution such as burning biomass, emitting toxic air pollutants from our vehicles, using too much energy, and others.

But of course, there are also a lot of ways we can do to combat, or at least alleviate the amount of pollution to the environment such as having emissions testing SF, recycling materials, and reducing energy consumption. In this way we will help the environment at least recover from the air pollutants that have been accumulating in the air.

Different Types of Air Pollutants

Most of the air pollutants cause the muscles of the airways to contract which causes the narrowing of the lungs and difficulty in breathing. Children with long-term exposure to these pollutants may develop different respiratory diseases and illnesses.

1.Ozone – this is the major smog component and is very irritant to the lungs. This pollutant seems to be higher during late morning compared to the other times of the day, and in summer compared to the other seasons. When you are exposed to this in a short duration, you may feel chest pain, difficulty in breathing, and some airway hyperactivity. However, children who are exposed longer may develop asthma in the future. Longer exposure also cause permanent decreased functions of lungs.

2.Fossil fuels and their combustion

Fossil fuels commonly have a high component of sulfur that potentially create acid particles in the air. These acid particles are also called sulfur oxides, may cause your airways to become constricted and inflamed. When this happens, you will experience symptoms like an increase in the risk of bronchitis, difficulty in breathing, and other lung and respiratory illnesses.

3.Particulate air pollution

This comes from the fossil fuel combustion, specifically diesel, and is considered to be a complicated mixture of air pollutants. Just like the other air pollutants found in the environment, this can potentially cause inflammation to the lungs, as well as the other parts of the body like the heart. In fact, this particulate air pollution is also one of the causes of lung and heart disorders as well as deaths.

Final thoughts

Small exposure to these pollutants causes inconvenience in breathing and some allergic reactions and attacks in people who have COPD or asthma. Also, high levels of exposure and/or longer duration of exposure may develop into severe heart or lung diseases such as lung cancer.

It is important that we protect the environment we are in by recycling more materials, using less energy by opting for energy efficiency appliances, operating for biking rather vehicles that emit different types of air pollutants like smog. If we are able to do this, we are not just saving our planet, but we are also saving our lives.

It is not too late you can still do something to the environment. No matter what you choose to do to save the planet, you are contributing and it still matters.