"How to deal with PM2.5 dust when it cannot be avoided?"

Health News

02 Apr 2024
"How to deal with PM2.5 dust when it cannot be avoided?"

      Currently, in Chiang Mai province, it has been found that fine particulate matter, PM2.5, exceeds the standard levels, and it's starting to have health impacts. But what should we do when we have to go out for daily activities outside, where we might unavoidably encounter this hazardous dust? PM2.5 pollution can have various effects on the body, both short-term such as eye and nose irritation, exacerbating allergies, and long-term effects like affecting lung development in children, particularly impacting the development of pregnant women, and contributing to long-term lung diseases. But when we can't avoid it, how do we deal with it? Today, we have some answers to share with everyone.

  • Stay updated closely on PM2.5 news. During this pollution crisis, it's advisable to stay informed regularly, whether through television, radio, various news websites, or in this era of Thailand 4.0, consider downloading smartphone applications to check air pollution levels at locations where you reside.
  • Wear a PM2.5 protective mask. It must be an N95 standard mask because N95 masks have special fibers that filter out fine particulate matter or disease-causing agents larger than 0.3 microns, effectively protecting against PM2.5 dust.
  • Get enough sleep. Adequate rest helps maintain a strong immune system because insufficient rest can weaken immunity and make you more susceptible to illness.
  • Consume nutritious foods and supplements like vitamin C and vitamin E.
  • Avoid outdoor activities or exercise, such as jogging or outdoor sports, during periods when PM2.5 levels are impacting health. But if unavoidable, wear an N95 dust mask.
  • If you experience any abnormal symptoms, seek medical attention immediately, such as nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, cough, phlegm, difficulty breathing, chest pain, or developing rashes on the body. Don't take any chances as it could lead to serious consequences, even death.

      PM2.5 pollution poses a significant risk to health and won't disappear easily. Therefore, we should be prepared to deal with the air quality crisis in our daily lives and take care of our health before it's too late. Don't forget to spread awareness about the dangers of dust and prepare yourself to cope with it promptly.


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