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Environmental Contributors to Asthma, Allergies, COPD, and Emphysema

Updated on October 28, 2012

Enviromental Conditions Can Aggravate Asthma, Allergies, COPD, and Emphysema

A man in Bangkok, Thailand was diagnosed as a lifetime chain smoker without ever having smoked a cigarette in his life. We are entering an era of civilization where personal lifestyle choices are no longer the biggest contributing factors to breathing disorders like COPD and Emphysema. Most of the time they still are, but increasingly the toxic pollutants released into the air by our collective lifestyle choices dramatically affects everyone. This includes people who suffer from asthma and allergies. Certain times of the year are known for irritating and aggravating asthma and allergy conditions. The pollution and allergens in the air tends to be higher during these times of the year.

List of Asthma and Allergy Irritants

  • dust
  • pollen
  • smoke
  • VOCs (volatile organic compounds)
  • emissions from cars and factories
  • chemical emissions (from factories)
  • toxic fumes
  • Molds (mold spores)
  • Dust Mites
  • pet odors
  • pet hair and dander

How Irritants aggravate Asthma and Allergies

The list above describes the common irritants that aggravate allergy and asthma conditions. Although some people have susceptibilities within their bodies that make them vulnerable to aggravated breathing disorders, environmental conditions also have a great impact on our health. Not only do these pollutants in the air greatly increase the stress level of a person's immune system, they can also make people sick. These irritants are also transmitters of bacteria and germs that can complicate the breathing condition by adding sickness to it.

Like our friend who was diagnosed as a lifetime chain smoker without ever having smoked a cigarette in his life, you can no longer afford to take environmental pollution for granted. For the sake of your health and life longevity, you need to have a plan for improving your air quality and protecting your health. The threat of environmental pollution is very real. In this country, 7 out of 10 people already suffer from some kind of a breathing condition. The question is, will you be apathetic or will you do something about it?

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