What health problems are associated with bedroom and office air pollution?
Airborne pollutants are acknowledged stressors for people with allergies and asthma. The pollution levels matter, but allergic attacks also depend on the pollutants themselves. Many asthmatic problems are triggered by specific pollens, by dust mites and their waste byproducts, by pet dander, and by mold. Particles that are 2.5 microns or smaller in diameter are even more deadly, as they have been positively linked to cardiovascular diseases. Called PM2.5, these ultra-tiny pollutants enter the blood stream through the lungs. Diesel and coal fuels are notable PM2.5 sources; consequently, people who live downwind from freeways, power plants, and large ports have higher incidences of pollution-related diseases.