Indoor pollution occurs due to a variety of bacteria and fungi that occur when there is supple moisture in the air. The WHO says that exposure to such pollution can lead to respiratory symptoms, allergies, asthma and immunological reactions. In fact, 94% of respiratory problems are associated with indoor pollution. Health problems often affect children more than adults because their immune system has not been exposed to as much as an adult’s has. Follow the link below to see a full list of possible results of indoor pollution.
Indoor pollution may have a much larger effect on children’s health than outdoor pollution. One study showed that indoor pollution in homes where children have asthma was frequently twice EPA standards for outdoor air quality. Children on average also spend 80% of their time indoors, so the quality of indoor air has more time to affect their developing bodies. There was also a correlation between asthma and indoor air pollution which showed a 6% increase in severity for children in homes with higher indoor air pollution than others. Asthma is related to lung size and capacity, so indoor air pollution may even stunt the development of lungs in children.
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