Signs Your Home Has Poor Indoor Air Quality
Indoor air pollution symptoms run the gamut from benign to devastating. Some pollutants give you a bad case of hay fever, but others are carcinogens that can have devastating effects on long-term health. Even mild symptoms can damage your quality of life, so put your comfort at a premium. Signs of indoor pollution include:
Indoor allergens can cause hay fever, sinus, asthma, and postnasal drip. Tobacco smoke is the most common cause of allergic sensitization. IgE is your body’s allergy antibody, and when your body is triggered to produce IgE, sneezing and wheezing are a short distance behind. Tobacco smoke also promotes IgE production, making you over-sensitized to allergens. That can cause chronic bronchitis, dermatitis, and allergic rhinitis.
Headaches are your body’s way of warning you that something’s amiss. At their most benign, they’re merely a symptom of sinusitis or minor illness, but at their worst, they’re a response to toxic compounds like benzene, nitrogen dioxide, lead, or pesticides. Modern homes usually comply with environmental health regulations, but malfunctioning appliances can introduce toxic chemicals into your air.
An irritating cough and eye irritation might be symptoms of black mold exposure. Mold poisoning can also cause chronic fatigue, impaired immune response, and watery eyes.
Cramps, Fatigue, and Itching
Too much humidity can be surprisingly destructive. When levels rise above 60%, they can cause overheating, which causes rapid breathing, heart palpitations, and exhaustion. Heatstroke follows closely behind, but the long-term effects are even scarier. Viruses and bacteria thrive in humid conditions, so if there’s a bug going around, you’re more likely to catch it.
A scentless house is usually a healthy house. If you’re detecting an unappealing smell, something is off balance. Sulfur dioxide, ethylene, and ammonia are odorous and dangerous, so if you’re picking up a chemical scent, you need an assessment. A rotten egg smell could signal a gas leak or escaping sewer gas. Your plumbing might need to be checked. A musty scent can be a sign of mold, and an animal-like scent could mean a rodent infestation.
Dust is a common allergen that causes asthma, wheezing, and skin irritation. Particles can settle into your airways, injuring the lungs and causing scarring.
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