The problem with environmental issues is that we do not realise how it affects us until we start seeing serious symptoms. When it comes to air pollution, subtle signs could indicate that your body is beginning to succumb to its drastic long-term effects.
It is prudent to pay attention to these symptoms in time. So here are 5 things you should look out for:
Change of season often brings with it a load of allergies – from coughing, sneezing to itches and rashes. Toxic air can compromise your immune system making you more vulnerable to such allergies. If you notice an increase in the severity and frequency at which your allergies occur, it is a red flag.
Wheezing and Breathing Difficulties
Do you often find yourself unable to explain why you are wheezing or have a deep resonating cough? Wheezing is a high-pitched whistling sound made while breathing. It’s often associated with difficulty in breathing. Breathing in toxic air could cause bronchitis and other respiratory issues which result in wheezing.
Some people report noticing their breathing becoming rapid and shallow with poor air quality. Over time, pollution can cause permanent damage to the lungs. Wheezing is one of the first signs to show you are affected by air pollution
A very common symptom that many people have during times of poor air quality is headaches. The presence of elevated levels of chemicals can cause headaches to occur. Along with the irritation of the lungs and respiratory system, pollution can cause the eyes to burn, making it hard for some people to avoid ending up with a headache.
- Burning and Watery Eyes
Some of the most common signs of irritation include burning sensation, dryness, itchiness, redness, and watery eyes.
Living in areas with high amounts of air pollution increases the risk of dry eye syndrome. It remains uncertain, however, exactly why air pollution causes it. It hard to treat and often results in a person being uncomfortable for several days or weeks.
If you wear contacts, there are some important steps that you should follow to reduce the effects that irritants might have on your eyes. These steps include using eye drops when necessary and properly disinfecting contact lenses. If your eyes do become irritated while wearing contacts, you should immediately remove the lenses with clean hands and rinse the contacts before storing in solution.
The increased presence of pollutants in the air can cause an increase in fatigue. Many people report feeling sluggish during air quality alerts, especially if they exercise outside and inhale above average amounts of the bad air. Anyone who notices fatigue should take time off from overexerting in areas where air quality is bad.