Air pollutants, like carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), ozone (O3), and sulfur dioxide (SO2), can be hard to avoid in a major metropolitan areas like Phoenix. Although seemingly harmless, these pollutants can have a detrimental effect on a person’s overall health; the most at-risk group being pregnant women.
The team at The Allergy and Environmental Treatment Center, LLC is committed to the health and well-being of patients. By understanding the potential risks involved in maternal air pollutant exposure, the specialists hope to provide patients with steps to avoid overexposure.
The study, conducted by The National Birth Defects Prevention Study (NBDPS), found a positive correlation between mothers who gave birth to a child with a congenial heart defect during the 2nd – 8th week of pregnancy and their exposure to air pollutants. The results are below:
Exposure to particular matter carbon dioxide (PMCO) was positively associated with hypoplastic left heart syndrome.
Exposure to nitrogen dioxide (NO2) resulted in the narrowing the aorta and pulmonary valve stenosis.
Individuals involved in the study were exposed to a daily maximum hourly measurement of these pollutants assessed by the researchers at NBDPS. Unfortunately, the research shows that limiting pollutant exposure needs to be made a priority. Until policies are put in place to do so, The Allergy and Environmental Treatment Center, LLC compiled tips for protecting mothers from these potentially dangerous pollutants.
Limit trips to highly populated urban areas; Try running errands in predominately suburban and rural cities for less pollution exposure.
Improved stoves and kitchen appliances reduce exposure to indoor air pollution; consider purchasing energy efficient units.
Store chemical cleaners away from air vents and indoor living spaces that see lots of foot traffic.
Make an effort to spend a portion of your day at parks and other outdoor recreation areas away from large cities; getting exercise and soaking in some “fresher” air is never a bad thing!
As U.S. citizens, advocate for cleaner air and encourage policymakers to make environmental protection and priority.
Providing the most comprehensive testing, diagnosis, and treatment of allergy diseases, The Allergy & Environmental Treatment Center, LLC is the leading allergy clinic in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area. If you suffer from environmental, food, or chemical allergies, don’t wait any longer and call us now at (480) 634-2985!
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.
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