Bad Air Quality? Time to Move?

If you or a loved one has been dealing some breathing related health problems, the culprit may be the area that you live in. Air quality can have a serious effect on some people, leading to asthma, COPD, and other health issues. If you have a weakened immune system your chances are even higher for being at risk for breathing related issues.

Asthma is a condition that causes the airways to become swollen, therefore leading to a narrowing of those spaces and making it hard to breathe. Certain triggers, such as mold, dust, and other pollutants can make this condition worse. People who have it may have a dry, hacking cough. As they have problems breathing, they may start to wheeze and develop chest tightness. Another uncomfortable yet common complaint is allergies. Allergies can lead to a build-up of mucus, which can drain and cause a sore throat or be expelled by coughing. Chronic asthma and allergies are both treatable with medications but can also be avoided by staying away from certain triggers.

chimney-smogSmog and other pollutants become trapped in the ozone layer, leading to a decrease in air quality. Some of those pollutants are a byproduct of burning things like wood, gas, diesel, and other types of fuels. Over time, the levels can become toxic. Cities that have high traffic levels also tend to have problems with pollution, as cars powered by gasoline are the main contributors to smog. There are some countries whose citizens must wear masks when outside due to traffic and industrial pollution. And don’t just think that big cities are the main source of the problem – methane gas from cows is another pollutant we must factor in.

The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) is a great resource regarding the impact of all types of pollution. They have detailed maps and lists of places that are known for having clean resources and those that need improvement. If you’re looking for a place to move to in order to avoid air quality induced health issues, look it up first.