Fog, Smog and Your Health

Fog Smog and Disease Your Healthy Life

Ever wonder how Fog and Smog disease keeps you from being healthy? Here you will find specifics and what you can do to avoid contamination.  The word Fog is defined as a thick cloud of tiny water droplets suspended in the atmosphere at or near the earth’s surface that obscures or restricts visibility (to a greater extent than mist; strictly, reducing visibility to below 1 km).

Now let’s take a moment and simplify this.  Fog is “Tiny water droplets suspended in the air.”  Well this just goes without saying.  We all know it only takes 28 Seconds for anything we apply to our skin like lotions, tanning oils and perfumes to enter into our bloodstream.  So with this in mind, exposing your skin to fog has harmful effects to our largest bodily organ.

The answer is quite clear, living in a urban or city environment, simply by walking, running or even driving in the fog exposes our risks to disease.  You see, these tiny suspended water droplets hang there full of environmental pathogens, pollution, bacterias and a whole gamut of chemical compounds including known carcinogens keeping us from being healthy.

Enter Smog. The reason for the formation of smog comes from increasing air pollution. Pollutants from cars like sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and pollutants like carbon monoxide, as well as volatile organic compounds, ozone and particulate matter mix with fog to form a dense layer in the atmosphere we breathe and absorb thru our skin.

Smog unlike fog tends to linger in the atmosphere throughout the day, giving rise to a variety of disease where Fog dissipates as the temperature rises, evaporating the water and leaving us to filter into our bodies the remaining contaminants.

Fog Smog and Your Health

  1. Lung function Disease: The fine-suspended particulate matter in the air gets lodged in the lungs, clogging them and decreasing their functional capacity which increases episodes of wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath.
  2. Coughing Disorders: One of the main ways that pollution causes a cough is due to the inhalation of smog that can give rise to a bout of coughing, as your airways get irritated.
  3. Asthma Disease: Particulate matter that is suspended in smog makes it more difficult for patients with asthma to breathe. It not only worsens it but prolongs the episodes too.
  4. Bronchitis Disease: Prolonged exposure to smog also worsens bronchitis. In bronchitis, the mucous membranes get inflamed which are irritated by the pollutants, making the condition worse.
  5. Eye irritations:Pollutants in the air tend to irritate the membranes of the eye causing various infections leading to redness or swelling of the eye. (source: The Health Site.Com)

Industrial Disease from Fog and Smog

As industrialization of our world grows, we increase our exposure to chemicals and pathogens.  Each day we expose ourselves in this emotional invoking and mystic “Mist” we increase our chances to develop disease,  either pulmonary or physically on our bodies.

As our bodies’ immune system busies itself fighting off something as simple as Fog, we expose ourselves even further with a weakened immune system.  This opens the door to even more problems.  This year’s Flu Season has been recorded as the strongest yet.  While people are running to get their annual flu shot (procured by Big Pharma) this particular disease known as influenza can be debilitating and or fatal, especially to infants and the elderly.

Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by tiny droplets made when people with the flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.

You may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Although people with the flu are most contagious in the first 3-4 days after their illness begins,  some otherwise healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick.

Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be able to infect others with flu viruses for an even longer time.

Avoid exposure to Fog and Smog Disease

The first and most important step in preventing flu is to get a flu vaccination each year. CDC also recommends everyday preventive actions like staying away from people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes and frequent handwashing to help slow the spread of germs that cause respiratory (nose, throat, and lungs) illnesses, like the flu.

When a substance is released either from a large area, such as an industrial plant, or from a container, such as a drum or bottle, it enters the environment. Such a release does not always lead to exposure. You can be exposed to a substance only when you come in contact with it.  You may be exposed by breathing, eating, or drinking the substance, or by “skin contact.

When you breathe air containing contaminants, some will enter your body through your lungs.  Some forms of pollutants can remain in the lungs for several years or longer.  A small percentage of ingested pollutants will enter the body through the digestive tract by absorbing the air we breathe onto our saliva.  Also when your skin comes in contact with pollutants, even in small amounts will enter your body.

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