Air pollution when outdoor is a current health issue in the world. The mix of toxic matter, chemical, and biological materials react in the air can cause serious health risks. Poor quality of the air is a primary cause of hospitalization rates, chronic diseases, and untimely deaths. Poor quality air is worse at the big cities around the globe. The cities are the most affected because they host big refinery industries, heavy smelting and manufacturing companies and mines among others.
No matter the destination you travel to, it will be impossible to escape from pollution because toxic emissions from a neighboring country are easily blown to the one you are visiting due to the different weather patterns. The contamination can pose serious health risks to you as you travel.
Common symptoms that indicate you are suffering from air pollution
There are common symptoms that can notify you that you’re in a region that has air pollution. The short-term ones include itchy throat, nose and eyes, wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing, nausea, upper respiratory issues, chest pain, and headaches.
Long-term one’s illnesses are cardiovascular disease, lung cancer, long-term allergies and chronic disease of the respiratory system.
Factors that affect how a traveler will react to poor air quality
These factors are personal and differ from one traveler to another. They are:
- The current health of a traveler
A traveler can have allergies, asthma, lung and heart diseases, and bronchitis. These are health conditions that influence the way you will react to the pollution in the air.
- Destination of the traveler
If you are traveling to an urban region or one that has low rainfall, you could be going to an area that has poor air quality.
- Age of the traveler
Young children and the elderly are more prone to be affected by poor quality air. The elderly can travel when having pre-existing conditions that can escalate the risk of poor quality air. Young kids are more affected because they breathe in more air and they take in a more significant share of pollutants because their body weight is low.
Air quality tips for travelers
Some countries that are leading in industrialization are working to bring down the levels of harmful gases such as smog, smoke, and sulfur dioxide to improve the health conditions of their citizens. The tips are:
- Consult your doctor before traveling, to determine if you will require an inhaler, breathing mask or any medications.
- If you will be going with a toddler, minimize her exposure to air and avoid areas that have poor air quality.
- Elder ones should always consult a doctor to determine if it is safe for them to travel. Your doctor can conduct a lung capacity and stress test to allow you to go.
- If you have pulmonary or cardiac diseases, let your doctor certify if that condition is under control before your travel.
- You should carry an inhaler, to control asthma and a backup. Your exposure to the air outdoor should be minimal during your entire trip.
Make sure that you follow the advice above so that you can enjoy your trip. You will safeguard your health even after the trip is over because you can avoid the long-term effects of poor air quality.