Exposures to Organic Pollutants and Respiratory Illnesses in Adults and Children
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Background: During the last decades, concern has increased about adverse health effects resulting from exposure to indoor organic pollutants. As a class of contaminants, organic air pollutants indoors are extremely diverse and the range of its sources is extensive, including building materials and household and personal products. There have been numerous reports of increased prevalence of respiratory symptoms, including asthma among adults and children, due to elevated indoor concentrations of organic pollutants.Objectives: In this chapter we conducted a review of the current literature with the aim of providing additional insights into the association between organic pollutants and respiratory health among adults and children.Discussion: It is concluded that indoor air pollution, in particular, organic contaminants, may pose a significant risk for our respiratory health, and the potential health impacts of building design may require greater recognition and further research.Conclusion: Exposure to organic chemical pollutants is likely to continue with newer compounds being introduced. Therefore, an approach to risk management must respond in a timely and effective manner.
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