Indoor Air Quality and Headaches

Indoor Air Quality and Headaches

Migraine is not just a headache that goes away with a dose of pain killer. Severe migraines test the patience level of the sufferers. The symptoms of migraines are not just severe headaches but also sickness, skin sensitivity, problems with balance, vision, and speech. Chronic migraines impair both work and social life. A lot of people are, however, unaware of the fact that indoor air quality also leads to migraines and severe headaches.

According to a new study done by a team of University of Toledo, Ball State University and Virginia Tech office workers in buildings with poor quality indoor air suffer from more intense migraines and more severe headaches than those who work in buildings with good air quality. As per Ball State University, Females were more likely to report headaches compared to males (75% vs. 53%).*

As you spend 90% of your time indoors, the quality of indoor air has a higher impact on your health. Read further to find out the relation between indoor air quality and frequent headaches.


How does Air Pollution Lead to Migraines?

A study done by American Academy of Neurology found that there is a correlation between migraines, headaches, and air pollution*. The pollutants such as Lead, Sulfur Dioxide (SO2), Carbon Monoxide (CO), Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) and Particulate Matter (PM 10 and PM 2.5), VOCs lead to severe migraine and headaches. The presence of these pollutants in the indoor air not only increases the duration but also frequency of headaches.

You may not be aware that the air you breathe in contains a lot of contaminants. The cleaning materials, cigarette smoke, VOCs from paints, cosmetics and perfumes trigger a migraine headache.

How to Minimize Indoor Air Pollution?

Severe migraines can make it almost impossible for you to work or stay calm. This is the reason why you need to look out for ways to minimize indoor air pollution. Some of the ways to reduce indoor air pollution are as mentioned below:

Use an Air Purifier

One of the most effective ways to reduce indoor air pollution is by installing an air purifier. Air purifiers catch and trap indoor air pollutants from your home so that you breathe safely. In addition, the air purifiers are also ideal for removing dust mites, pet hair, dander from different surfaces and remove odour and foul smell from the indoor air.

Avoid smoking indoors (but quitting smoking is the best answer for overall health)

Control the Sources of Pollution

Another effective way to improve indoor air quality is by controlling the sources of indoor air pollution. Improve the ventilation of your home to reduce pollutants inside your home. Whenever weather permits, open the door and windows or switch on the air conditioner with the vent control open. If you have exhaust fans in the kitchen or bathroom, turn them on to ventilate your home time to time.

Concluding Words

Indoor air pollution can lead to a number of health problems, including severe migraines and headaches. This is the reason why you need to take the right steps to improve indoor air quality. Installing a safe & smart air purifier is an ideal way to remove harmful pollutants and make your home safe and pollutant-free. Unimech products provides solutions for safe and smart air purification that are safe for humans, animals and environment.

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