Health and the environment

Chemicals, fumes, allergens and other harmful substances are always present in the environment, sometimes they can cause disease. Perhaps you have experienced undue headache on the weekend, or you have nausea and rash after moving into a new house. These symptoms can cause the toxins that are in the home, workplace and public areas. For example:

  • Headache may occur due to the action of carbon monoxide coming from a faulty stove. During use of the fireplace can be created by the reverse thrust gas that can also cause headaches. Troubleshooting headaches.
  • Building materials (insulation material, particle Board, glue for carpet) can release formaldehyde, which causes nausea and rash. Also, the paper that covers the surface of dry plaster, creates favorable conditions for the development of mold, contact with which can cause respiratory problems, Allergy symptoms and trigger asthma attacks.

You and the doctor can not guess the reasons of your disease or may be confused with other problems. The harmful effects of the environment can cause many medical problems. An objective assessment of the environment in which you work, live and spend leisure time can help to find out the causes of many diseases.


Short or long contact with harmful chemicals, allergens, atmospheric emissions and other toxins can cause diseases. It is known that chemical substances that are in cigarettes, can cause cancer. Asbestos insulation material used in older buildings, can cause tumors of the tissues of the chest and abdominal cavity, lung cancer, and other diseases. The use of wood-burning stoves or gas stoves with poor ventilation can cause respiratory diseases. Drinking water from a rural well contaminated with pesticides and waste from a nearby plant can cause cancer and neurological diseases. Inhalation of mold spores, which is located in building materials, can cause respiratory problems or aggravate asthma. Contact with certain chemicals in the workplace may cause sterility, particularly in men.

But, as a rule, people do not know that such contact affects the health. There are no known types and quantities of chemical substances, effects of which lends itself to the body, especially if the symptoms of the disease are manifested through the years. For example, cancer often has a latent, hidden form, which can take decades until symptoms.


Symptoms depend on the causes of the disease. The symptoms were headache, cough, fatigue and nausea. In some cases, the symptoms of the disease do not manifest themselves for many years as long as the disease is not progressing. On the other hand contact may cause severe allergic reaction, as well as contact with domestic mites, cockroaches, pollen and Pets cause an asthma attack. Or symptoms may develop gradually and become more acute after some time after contact.

For some people stay in a room with poor air quality can cause headaches, coughing, drowsiness, fatigue and nausea. The appearance of such symptoms can be attributed to poor ventilation and exposure to vapours detergents and cigarette smoke. New home or carpet can release formaldehyde, which is known to cause symptoms such as nausea, respiratory problems, dry or inflamed skin, irritated eyes. The house can be bacteria, mold or viruses that settle on the heating and ventilation systems, carpets, roofing and insulation materials, which can cause fever, chills, pain, cough and other respiratory diseases. Symptoms of diseases caused by environmental pollution, it is very difficult to determine and can be confused with other diseases. If you think toxins may be causing problems with your health, discuss this with your doctor.

The doctor will not be able to determine that the disease causes the toxins as long as symptoms do not appear in a certain place at a certain time. Can help a detective, but in order to make a diagnosis, and a physician. For example, if you observe symptoms, you may notice that you feel sluggish and passive during the work week and not on weekends or holidays. The cause of your disease may be of poor quality indoor air that is often called “sick house syndrome”. Symptoms may disappear as soon as you leave the environment that causes weakness, for example, recently refurbished room or office. But until then, until you talk with your doctor about all the symptoms, he will not be able to figure out their cause.

The presence on the walls of the home or workplace of the salt stains (white, powdery or crystalline substances, which act on the surface of concrete, plastic or masonry) indicates the accumulation of mold or moisture that may cause mold. Another effective way to identify mold is the analysis of air samples, which can make professionals.

Very often find out the mysterious cause of the disease is not so easy. Cause serious diseases, can become events that happened decades ago. Perhaps in the past you lived not far from the place of storage of hazardous waste or your work has been connected with renovation of old houses, and you breathed in asbestos fibers. Before you visit the doctor remember his past, work, place of residence and activity.


The doctor can identify diseases caused by environmental pollution, only after studying the history of the patient, and that a number of questions about the place of residence, work, habits, activities, lifestyle, family and other fields. The answers to these questions will help to determine chemicals or other harmful substances, which affect your body, and decide whether you will require specific tests.

The main method of treatment of diseases caused by environmental pollution, is the exclusion or limitation of contact with the substance which is the cause of the disease. For example, the best way to improve air quality is the elimination of the causes of its pollution. You can configure the gas stove and to reduce emissions, or replace it with electric. You can also increase the amount of fresh air in the room, if you change the air conditioning filters and set up a working exhaust fan in the kitchen and in the bathroom. Gas boilers need to be placed away from residential areas or even in the garage.

One of the first steps to cleansing the air in the house is the Smoking ban, if the house visit or live smokers that they should smoke outside.

The next steps in treatment depend on symptoms, causes and the affected organ.

During the treatment of diseases caused by mold spores, limit contact with this fungus. The dryness of the room will not allow mold to develop. The humidity should be below 50%. It is very important to limit contact with mold in the home at work and in school, although this cannot be achieved easily. Fungus in the room should remove the specialists and you or your children should not be in the room before the end of this procedure.

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