Everyone wants to spend time outdoors in the summertime. The sunshine and warm temperatures lure people outside. However, for those individuals who suffer from asthma or other lung conditions, air pollution that peaks in the hot summer months, can make it difficult to enjoy the great outdoors.
Air pollution is a cocktail of particles and gases such as ozone, sulfur dioxide, and carbon monoxide. When air pollution levels are high, it can negatively affect your health and make it difficult to breathe. Some effects of air pollution are minor and only last a short while. Others can be more severe and leave a lasting impact on your health.
Some short-term health impacts of summer air pollution include asthma symptoms, respiratory irritation, lung infections, and an increase in emergency room visits.
Exposure to air pollution can have a lasting effect on your overall health. These include:
While air pollution is often considered a problem associated with big city living, wind and atmospheric changes can carry pollution long distances. Because of this, even rural areas are at risk.
Visit www.airhealth.ca to monitor the air quality health index. When air pollution or allergen levels are high in your area take the following steps to minimize detrimental health issues.
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