The Dangers of Dust Inhalation

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. That’s a lot of germs! The best way to limit these germs from multiplying (leading to hazardous dust inhalation) is to keep your carpets dry, vacuumed regularly and steam cleaned 1 – 2 times yearly.

Dust Contains Chemicals

When you see dust in your home, you probably don’t stop to think about what it is made of. While a lot of dust is simply tiny waste particles, there can be dangerous chemicals lurking in dust which can cause serious health issues.

Dust particles created from flooring, tile, and more can contain chemicals known as crystalline silica. According to the United States Department of Labor, “Silica dust is hazardous when very small (respirable) particles are inhaled. These respirable dust particles can penetrate deep into the lungs and cause disabling and sometimes fatal lung diseases, including silicosis and lung cancer, as well as kidney disease.”

Materials which create crystalline silica dust include:

  • Quartz
  • Stone
  • Rock
  • Sand
  • Brick
  • And many other materials found in your flooring!

How to Remove Dust When Removing Flooring

As you can see, there are many dangers of dust inhalation. If you are removing tile, hardwood flooring, or carpet, it is almost impossible to have a dustless floor removal unless you have the proper equipment. Luckily, if you are in Central Florida, you have Speedy Floor Removal. Our floor removal experts use state of the art equipment in homes and commercial properties to capture dust particles so you can breathe easier and healthier!

To learn more about our dustless floor removal services in Florida, simply give us a call or contact us online.