How does air pollution adversely affect human health?
Air pollution has serious toxicological impact on human health.
The immediate effects of air pollution could be watery eyes, coughing and difficulty in breathing.
Long term exposure to air suspended toxicants has a toxicological impact on the human respiratory and cardiovascular system, eyes as well as skin. It is also associated with long term chronic diseases like cancer.
Some diseases/damages caused by air pollution are-
- respiratory diseases
- cardiovascular damage
- fatigue, headache and anxiety
- irritations in the eyes, nose and throat
- damage to reproductive system, liver, spleen, blood and nervous system
Air pollution may also damage children's brain development and cause pneumonia and lung damage.
It is also the major environmental risk factors in diseases such as asthma, lung cancer, ventricular hypertrophy, psychological complications, fetal growth and low birth rate.