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Why dusting is harmful in home?

Dust is one of the common air pollutant causing serious health problems for everyone. It is generated from different sources due to so many activities. Too much construction, soil erosion, dry weather, lesser amount of rain, deforestation, industrial activities etc increase the amount of dust in the atmosphere. Besides these, pollen, microscopic organisms, plant material and dander also contribute for dust.

In urban areas the amount of dust is more than rural areas. These are transmitted through air and settle everywhere. At home we find dust on every object and make it a habit to do dusting at home.

Dust particles

The size of dust particles vary from visible to invisible. The smaller particles stay in the air and then travel. But large dust particles fall and settle on objects like vehicles, furniture etc from where we can wipe. These can be trapped by our nose and mouth and can be breathed and swallowed. Effect of dust on your health?

Though one may not fall ill immediately due to dust, but high concentration of dust can cause problems like coughing, sneezing, irritation of the eyes, asthma attacks, chronic obstructive airways disease (COAD) etc. If you breathe dust particles for longer period of time, these symptoms will worsen. Asthma patients, babies, young children and elderly people will suffer more. What measures can be taken?

According to researchers, you should decrease your exposure to the chemicals in dust by washing your hands and your children’s hands always before eating and after finishing any household work. Use plain soap and water and try to stay away from fragranced and antibacterial soaps, cosmetics etc. Never do dustings with a dry cloth, regularly clean your floors with a wet mop and use a vacuum cleaner with a high-efficiency particulate arresting (HEPA) filter.

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