Outdoor Pollution

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Air pollution is a mixture of solid particles and gases in the air. Car emissions, chemicals from factories, dust, pollen and mold spores may be suspended as particles. Dr. Edward Hill discusses the effect of air pollution on a persons health 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. It 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 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.

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

The Environmental Protection Agency measures air pollution levels across the United States using the Air Quality Index. You can find out your areas AQI level at www.airnow.gov.

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