Indoor Air Pollution and Health Problems
This article provides education on many aspects of IAQ (Indoor Air Quality). It will help you become more aware of the environment you live in on a daily basis. You will begin to better understand why people catch colds and bacterial infections including staph and respiratory infections. You will also find out how molds and VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) trigger allergic reactions. More importantly, you will learn how to reduce your chances of catching a cold, infection, or having allergic reactions caused by the contaminants in your air.
Microbial pollution is a key element of indoor air pollution. It is caused by hundreds of species of bacteria and fungi, in particular filamentous fungi (mold), growing indoors when sufficient moisture is available, noted the World Health Organization in its report "WHO Guidelines for Indoor Air Quality: Dampness and Mold, published July 16, 2009
"Problems of indoor air quality are recognized as important risk factors for human health in both low-income and middle- and high-income countries. Indoor air is also important because populations spend a substantial fraction of time within buildings. In residences, day-care centres, retirement homes and other special environments.
Indoor air pollution affects population groups that are particularly vulnerable due to their health status or age. Microbial pollution involves hundreds of species of bacteria and fungi that grow indoors when sufficient moisture is available. Exposure to microbial contaminants is clinically associated with respiratory symptoms, allergies, asthma and immunological reactions," according to the World Health Organization in its report WHO Guidelines for Indoor Air Quality: Dampness and Mould, published July 16, 2009.
"Black mold and toxic mold are causes of Indoor Air Pollutions and Indoor Water Pollutions. It can be in any indoor places like home, offices and buildings. It can be behind those beautifully painted walls in the office, nice-colored carpets, cabinets, walls, ceilings and even in cleanly maintained kitchen at home"
Ninety four percent (94%) of all respiratory ailments are caused by polluted air according to the American Medical Association, which also reported that one-third of our national health bill is for causes directly attributable to indoor air pollution such as toxic mold damage and black mold problem.
The U.S. Government Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warns people that "Most people are aware that outdoor air pollution can damage their health but may not know that indoor air pollution can also have significant effects. EPA studies of human exposure to air pollutants indicate that indoor air levels of many pollutants may be 2-5 times, and occasion more than 100 times, higher than outdoor levels. These levels of indoor air pollutants are of particular concern because it is estimated that most people spend as much as 90% of their time indoors. In recent years, comparative risk studies performed by EPA and its Science Advisory Board (SAB) have consistently ranked indoor air pollution among the top five environmental risks to public health."
Black mold and toxic mold problems should not be taken for granted because it is a serious problem which can cause mold damage. When molds are growing on some part of your home, it is like a cancer, it can spread all over your home through its mold spores and before you know it, it has already wrecked your entire house. Mold sucks out the strength of your home and then make your entire dwelling place dangerous to live in due to toxic mold contamination problem.
Are the contaminants we learned about above
present in our homes and
There are several other pollutants that won't
cause a cold or an infection, but can cause
serious allergic reactions. When a door opens or
your dog comes inside pollen also comes inside.
There are many sources for dust and dander.
The main source is you. You shed billions of dead skin cells
everyday. Your carpet, furniture, household cleaners, the paint
on your walls, your toys, your bedding, cosmetics, perfumes,
and virtually everything in your home and most buildings today
releases some type of VOC or gas into your air.
Carpet is one of the biggest and most common
sources of air pollutants.
Removing certain sources of contaminants does not always fix the problem. As you have already learned, there are various sources for the many different contaminants. Many illnesses can be contributed to the many contaminants in your air. The top mold health symptoms are the following, in alphabetical order. A mold victim may experience one or more symptoms, separately or simultaneously.
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