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Health Hazards Of Air Pollution

May 11, 2018
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Air pollution has become a serious cause of concern and is directly linked to health hazards including lungs and cardiovascular diseases.

On one Sunday morning I planned to go out for a leisure walk to enjoy the natural beauty and breathe in some outside air. But as soon as I stepped out, I started experiencing a weird kind of irritation in my eyes and suddenly I started coughing a lot. When I looked around, I saw grey hazy air coming out from an old car and a big chimney in front of me was throwing out dirty air in the sky making the air all around polluted. I know it’s not just me but all of you might also be witnessing the same thing on day to day basis. The cases of Asthma, bronchitis and many such diseases are increasing continuously and the reason for each one of them is the same- increasing air pollution. We all are exposed to plenty of polluted air everyday and it has become a serious cause of concern because of its detrimental effects on our health.

Emission from the various modes of transport, industrial pollution, burning fossil fuels, forest fires, heating from the ACs and radiations are the main causes for the air pollution. The gases released are toxic and might prove hazardous for human health. Both the children and elderly are at an increased risk of health problems created due to the dirty air we are breathing in. Our body is exposed to the following risks on being exposed to this polluted air:
1. Respiratory disorders like asthma, bronchitis, Emphysema etc.
2. Nervous system damage
3. Fatigue, anxiety and headaches
4. Cardiovascular problems
5. Irritation in the eyes, nose and throat
6. Various cancers
7. Reproductive problems
8. Hair and skin damage
9. Bones and intestinal damage

In short the air pollution tends to have detrimental effects on the whole body. The respiratory system is affected the most because of direct inhalation of harmful gases present in the air. The pollutants even reach the blood which when pumped all over the body leads to diseases and infections.

Individuals with heart diseases, lung problems, old people, children under the age of 14, pregnant women and athletes are at a higher risk of health problems from the air pollution.

It tends to affect our health much more than we can ever think and it is more of a problem in urban areas as compared to the rural ones. Air pollution is the reason for over 7 million deaths around the world every year which proves that this is an alarming issue which needs to be taken care of seriously.

It has become the need of the hour to make the air clean and breathable. We need to reduce these harmful radiations considerably and promote the use of renewable sources of energy to maintain the quality of air. Planting more and more trees can prove to be useful to save the health of people. It is very important to provide clean and breathable air to everyone and therefore we need to take all steps to control the air pollution and live a healthy life.

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