World Lung Day, initiated by the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) falls on September 25. FIRS coordinated with WHO last year to celebrate the first World Lung Day and this year they have the aim to work towards the betterment of respiratory health and air quality globally. Speaking about air pollution, it is not the outdoor air but, indoor air is also affecting your lungs. Thousands of people suffer from chronic lung diseases like asthma, COPD, and etc. only because they breathe unhealthy air. This is the reason why World Lung Day is observed as a reminder to take some initiatives that will help people breathe safely.
How Indoor Air Pollution Affects Lung Health?
There are many factors that can affect our lungs and it is not just restricted to the outdoor air pollution. Many people are not aware of the fact that indoor air pollution is more harmful than outdoor pollution. Indoor air quality can be up to 10 times worse compared to outdoor air. As most of us spend our times indoor, it is very important to ensure that every breath we take should be healthy and pollution free. Breathing healthy air can improve our lung health and at the same time, it can also prevent lung diseases. This is the reason why you need to take precautions to remove indoor air pollutants and breathe safely.
There are several reasons that can cause indoor air pollution and some of these are mentioned below. Along with causes, effects of indoor air pollution are also stated.
- Dust: Triggers respiratory illness
- Household Cleaning Products: Inhaling the harmful VOCs that comes out of house cleaning products can cause sick building disorders such as skin & throat irritation and even headache.
- Synthetic Fragrances: Perfumes and deodorizers have been found to be toxic and can cause skin irritation, allergic reaction and etc.
- Pet Dander: Hair and dried skin of your pets can cause respiratory irritants
- Smoke: It is not just cigarette smoke, but also the smoke that comes from fireplaces and stoves can cause asthma and other chronic respiratory diseases.
No doubt indoor air is more harmful than outdoor but, fortunately, you can manage it easily. All you need to do is to follow a few tips, which will help you keep air pollution at bay.
Tips to Keep Yourself Protected from Air Pollution
Some of the simple tips that you can follow to cut down your exposure to polluting air are cited below.
- Keep your surroundings clean. You can use a cyclonic vacuum cleaner to scoop up dust and debris from the surface to keep your surrounding free of allergens. Vacuum cleaners with UV disinfectant technology can also be helpful as it can kill bacteria, viruses, cysts and dust-mites present in mattresses, bed sheets, pillows, blankets and sofas and keep
- Ventilate your indoor space to let in fresh indoor air in your room.
- Replace synthetic cleaning fragrances with natural alternatives like essential oils, beeswax and etc.
- You can use an air purifier with HEPA filter to reduce the level of air pollutants and improve the indoor air quality. An air purifier can effectively remove 99.9% of pollutants such as Particulate Matter (PM 2.5), dust, pet hair, formaldehyde, cigarette smoke, and other pollutants thereby keeping your family safe from indoor air pollution.
The Bottom Line
So, this World Lung Day 2018, let’s pledge to take the right steps to breathe healthily and stay away from diseases. In addition to following the tips mentioned above, make sure that you quit the bad habits that will affect your lungs in the long run. Help yourself and everyone else breathe easy.