Air Pollution

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Air pollution can affect our health in many ways with both short-term and long-term effects. Dr. Edward Hill discusses the effects of air pollution in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Air pollution makes the air you breathe dirty. It can be caused by gases, drops of liquid or dust particles. Air pollution can put your health at risk. Pollution is usually man-made, but it also can come from natural sources. In the city, air pollution often comes from motor vehicles, construction and chemical and power plants. In the country, air pollution can come from stirred-up dust, industrial activity and fires.

Air pollution can affect your health in many ways. It can irritate your eyes, throat and lungs. It can make asthma worse and can increase your chances of lung disease or heart attack. However, the risk from air pollution may be small compared with other risk factors, such as smoking.

Some people are more sensitive to air pollution. For example, people with heart and lung problems, children and older adults are more likely than other people to have health problems from air pollution.

If you live or work close to a known pollution source, talk with your doctor about other ways to deal with air pollution.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.