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COPD - Indoor Allergens & Pollutants

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Published on Mar 11, 2015

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, also known as COPD, refers to a group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing-related problems. It includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis and in some cases asthma.

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute reports that COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States, claiming more than 120,000 American lives each year. More than 12 million have been diagnosed with the condition, but another 12 million are likely to have COPD and don't know it. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “In the United States, tobacco smoke is a key factor in the development and progression of COPD, although exposure to air pollutants in the home and workplace, genetic factors, and respiratory infections also play a role.”

In addition to avoiding tobacco smoke, many properties have conditions or indoor air quality pollutants, irritants and allergens that may aggravate COPD in people with the condition. These may include:

• Dust Mites
• Pet Dander
• Mold & Bacteria
• Pollen
• Scented Soaps, Shampoos & Perfumes
• Fumes from Cleaning & Other Chemicals
• Dry Cleaning Chemicals
• Smoke from Fireplaces & Wood Stoves
• Dusty Conditions
• Dirty HVAC Ducts
• Dirty Carpeting
• Outdoor Pollution that Infiltrates a Property

Identifying the presence of any of these in a home or work environment could help people with COPD avoid exposure, detect substances and conditions that could be removed or mitigated from their indoor environment and manage their condition.

These are just a few things to know about how some allergens and indoor air quality pollutants may impact those with COPD. To learn more about indoor air quality, health and safety, occupational or other environmental issues, please visit the websites shown on the screen.

Clark Seif Clark http://www.csceng.com
EMSL Analytical, Inc. http://www.emsl.com
Indoor Environmental Consultants, Inc. http://www.iecinc.net
LA Testing http://www.latesting.com
Maine Indoor Air Quality Council http://www.maineindoorair.org
Zimmetry Environmental http://www.zimmetry.com
Healthy Indoors Magazine http://www.iaq.net
Hudson Douglas Public Adjusters http://HudsonDouglasPublicAdjusters.com

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