Simply reading about dust inhalation makes you want to sneeze doesn’t it?
That reaction should come as no surprise, especially to those who are asthmatic or suffer from extreme allergies. It isn’t something that should be taken lightly as it can create lasting health issues for a number of different reasons. In this blog, we’ll highlight 3 dangers of dust inhalation and list preventative measures you can take to limit potential health problems caused by dust.
Dust Inhalation Can Trigger Asthma Symptoms
Dust allergies usually cause itchiness in the throat, watery eyes, wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath. Breathing in dust can cause these symptoms to worsen and lead to inflammation in the nose and throat. If you’re working in a dusty environment, it is important that you wear a disposable respirator in order to avoid dust inhalation. According to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology, exposure to dust while on the job, or “occupational asthma” effects an estimated 15% of Americans.
Dust Contains Bacteria and Fungi
Did you know that the average American household contains up to 7,000 types of dust-related bacteria and 2,000 species of fungi? Your carpet alone can contain up to 200,000 bacteria per square inch.