Posted by: Shelby | 2010-04-26

Air Pollution

Hi there,

We live near the Sappi paper mill and a steel manufacturing plant. I have heard that sulphur dioxide is emitted and can cause respiratory illnesses.

My whole family suffers from a mucous problem and my mother has asthma. As soon as we go away, the problem is solved. Is there anything I can to in my house to " clean"  the air? Is there something that can break down this gas and make breathing more pleasant?

Thank you.

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It's likely there are higher levels of industrial air pollutants in your area (relative to urban areas generally, which are all polluted), and sulphur dioxide would be one of these. A variety of pollutants could be contributing to your family's respiratory problems. Keep in mind that indoor air pollution could also be contributing -mould, allergens like animal dander, and tobacco smoke. (Have a look at Health24's 'Healthy Home' section for tips: Usually the recommendation is to promote air flow from outside and through the house; however, if you live where the outdoor air quality is really poor, there is evidence that a well-maintained air-conditioner can help (although air con should be avoided if possible because it contributes to emissions overall). Air purifiers are controversial, and I wouldn't like to recommend a brand without a respiratory expert's endorsement. For example, I would avoid air ionizers and devices that claim to increase ozone levels. I am going to make some enquiries about this, which I will post in due course on the forum. Please also contact me on email so that I can follow up on this with you.

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