We know pollutants affect our lungs. Similarly, it’s fairly simple to see how air pollution could be connected to problems involving the bloodstream, since pollutants enter it through the respiratory system. However, two new studies show links between air pollution and two other surprising areas: appendicitis and ear infections.
Appendicitis and Air Pollution
The appendicitis study was conducted by the University of Calgary. 5,191 adult cases of appendicitis were looked at very carefully. The admission date of each patient was compared with records of local air pollution levels for the same period of time. Based on the figures, the chances of developing appendicitis look to be more than double when air pollution is excessively high. Therefore, cases were highest during the summer, when air pollution is also highest. Although there is no definite answer, researchers believe that the inflammatory responses that can lead to appendicitis are triggered by exposure to air pollution.
Ear Infection and Air Pollution
In the study of a possible link between ear infections and air pollution, researchers took a closer look at 126,060 cases of ear infections and compared them to data regarding air pollution levels from the same period of time. They found out cases of ear infections went down – just as levels of key pollutants went down too. A possible connection between ear infections and air pollution may seem distant. But it is said that air pollutants could damage cilia in the body. Cilia – tiny hairs – are used to keep foreign objects out of the body, and are present in the ears. Therefore, it is possible that air pollution damages the cilia of the ears and makes a person more susceptible to coming down with an ear infection.
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