Things You Might Not Realize Are Hurting Your Lungs

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Airbags

Airbags save lives, but they can also trigger asthma, too. When airbags deploy, they create a particulate matter that can cause inhalational chemical pneumonitis.

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Humidifiers

Humidifiers can help when the air is really dry, but if they are not regularly cleaned, they can become breeding grounds for bacteria and mold. Breathing contaminated humidifier air is not good for your lungs.

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Gas appliances

Stove may be hurting your lungs. The combustion causes nitrogen dioxide and nitric oxide to be released. If you have poor ventilation, you may breathe higher quantities of these.

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Hot tubs

Hot tubs can be incredibly relaxing, but they can also be breathing grounds for bacteria. Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC), which affects the lungs, is amongst the culprits.

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Mold

Mold can really affect those who have any sort of lung condition, including asthma. Mold particles don’t just stay on surfaces; they can become airborne and thus breathable.

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Carpet

Carpets can hold on to dust and a number of allergens and microorganisms. This can have a negative impact on people who suffer from asthma and other respiratory problems.

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Insulation

Insulation often contains materials such as aerogels, fiberglass, and calcium silicate. While many may not cause damage as such, microparticles can irritate your lungs.

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Wood-burning stoves

These look and feel amazing, but they too can hurt your lungs. Breathing wood smoke can irritate your lungs and indeed trigger asthma.

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Vaping

E-liquid contains many chemicals that can cause an inflammatory response in your lungs. These include acrolein, formaldehyde, and diacetyl, to name a few.

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Fragrances

From perfume to home fragrance diffusers, you can be exposed to different fragrances in different ways. It turns out, though, that some chemicals used to make those fragrances can hurt your lungs.

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Flour

This occupational disease is associated with exposure to wheat flour. Ingesting it regularly can cause an allergic reaction. If you must do so, wear protective equipment and ensure the area is well ventilated.

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