Do indoor environments influence asthma and asthma-related symptoms among adults in homes? A review of the literature

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Abstract

This review summarizes the results of epidemiological studies focusing on the detrimental effects of home environmental factors on asthma morbidity in adults. We reviewed the literature on indoor air quality (IAQ), physical and sociodemographic factors, and asthma morbidity in homes, and identified commonly reported asthma, allergic, and respiratory symptoms involving the home environment. Reported IAQ and asthma morbidity data strongly indicated positive associations between indoor air pollution and adverse health effects in most studies. Indoor factors most consistently associated with asthma and asthma-related symptoms in adults included fuel combustion, mold growth, and environmental tobacco smoke. Environmental exposure may increase an adult's risk of developing asthma and also may increase the risk of asthma exacerbations. Evaluation of present IAQ levels, exposure characteristics, and the role of exposure to these factors in relation to asthma morbidity is important for improving our understanding, identifying the burden, and for developing and implementing interventions aimed at reducing asthma morbidity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)555-563
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the Formosan Medical Association
Volume110
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2011

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Keywords

  • Adult
  • Asthma
  • Indoor air pollution

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  • Medicine(all)

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