Indoor air pollution can affect the heart: Open windows while cleaning, keep carpets, pillows dust-free
Air pollution inside the home, office can be extremely harmful for patients with asthma and allergies.
On an average a parson spend 85% of his or her life indoor, be it home or office. The indoor air pollution threat is way higher than that of an urban outdoor environment. “In countries like ours, the level of indoor air pollution is on the higher side both in rural and urban areas because of overpopulation, bad ventilation, defective design of dwellings and usage of biomass fuel for cooking,” says Dr Mrinal Sircar, Director and Head, Department of Pulmonology & Critical Care, Fortis Hospital, Noida.
In the short term, exposure to high concentrations of indoor air pollution can cause eye irritation, headaches, nose and throat irritation, fatigue, and dizziness. That can make it difficult to recognize the problem. Long-term health problems can be quite serious. Sometimes years after being exposed, a person can suffer heart problems and respiratory sickness.
Dr. Mrinal Sircar adds, “Another commonly seen sources of indoor air pollution include fire wood cooking, fire-based water heaters, indoor smoking, humidifiers with stagnant water, poorly maintained AC systems among many others. Indoor air pollution is more harmful for patients of asthma and allergies and unluckily, most people are not aware of the common sources of indoor air pollution. Adding to this cigarette smoking is another major cause too.”
Here are a few measures you can take to protect yourself:
- Use of exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens
- Clean home appliances appropriately
- Control dust by cleaning counter-tops regularly
- Keep carpets, pillows, blankets and bedding clean and dry
- Use vacuum cleaning or wet mopping
- Open doors and windows while cleaning, painting