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Genevieve Van Wyden suffers from chronic asthma, so air quality is something she things about almost every day. During allergy season (spring and fall), Van Wyden needs to make sure she stays inside on “unhealthy air quality” days, even though she has taken her medications.
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Guide to Air Quality and Health

Oil Refinery Plant Credit vichie81It’s spring, the temperatures are rising, the snow is melting and the birds are chirping . . . and you are sneezing, sniffling, coughing and gasping for a free, easy breath of air. Even though you cannot see it, pollen is floating around, going into your nose, throat and lungs, which is making you feel bad.

Pollen isn’t the only concern. If you live in a desert climate with windy conditions, the dust also irritates your airways. If you walk down busy city streets, choked with pollution, that also has a negative effect on your health. Pollutants belching out of factory smokestacks should be a thing of the past. The pollutants and substances coming out of those smokestacks also makes you sick.

Some cities, such as Albuquerque, NM, have air quality programs set in place and city employees monitor air quality every day, then publish that day’s air quality results on their websites. Learn more about air quality by reading our Bright Hub guides.

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