Health Tip: The Dangers of Air Pollution

How to reduce the damage to your health

(HealthDay News) -- Air pollution impacts both healthy people and those with conditions such as heart disease, asthma, and other lung diseases.

The American Academy of Family Physicians says air pollution can cause coughing and tightness in the chest. Some people may also experience burning or irritation of the eyes and throat.

Exercising outdoors when pollution is severe may exacerbate symptoms. People with asthma, emphysema or angina may have more symptoms than healthier people.

When air pollution levels are high, staying inside can help reduce symptoms. Exercise indoors to reduce the amount of polluted air you breathe. If you do go outside, try to limit outdoor activity to early in the morning or later in the evening when pollution levels are likely to be lower.

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