Saturday, 5 April 2014

Sahara Dust Pollution can it cause earache? Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Sahara Dust Pollution has been blamed for all manner of ills this last week. When I woke up this morning my earache had gone but the general area including my cheek was numb to the touch. When I mentioned this to my wife she immediatley said that will be the Sahara dust! Well I am sceptical and wondered what you guys think? I know people with asma and breathing problems have been advised to stay indoors but to the best of my knowledge the whole population has two earsand nobody has been advising anyone with ears to stay indoors. I am sure I would have heard that one. My brother in law has Emphysema which comes under the umberella of Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and I know he will have been staying indoors because when the air quality is good he has trouble walking to the end of his road without stopping to catch his breath. My two brothers are worried about COPD because the used to work with Asbestos, they were both Industrial roofers and Asbestos sheets were widly used when they started out. It later changed to metal profiled sheeting but Asbestos is a killer and touch wood they both seem to bwe OK.
    I just checked on the Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPDNHS website and one of the first things it says is dont go outside when air quality is at risk of irritating the condition. It also goes on to list other things that can upset your lungs, things like dusty conditions car and lorry exhaust fumes and one that I had never considered air freshener sprays or plug-ins I know myself sometimes I find the smell from them a bit over powering, and things like cleaning chemicals and sprays. I know recently my wife changed the toilet cleaner / bleach and it caused me to open windows and moan about its effects on the house. Another one I hadn't considered was hairspray I know how that stuff stinks bit when you think about it you spry that stuff and breathe it in and it is really just airborne glue. No wonder they warn you not to go near it.
I suffer from Sleep Apnea which causes my throat to close up when I am breathing whilst asleep. It was happening 32  times an hour and it caused me to break my sleep and I wasnt getting the quality sleep I needed and was always feeling tired. I know have a mask which I pop on before going to sleep. it is connected to a pump which blows air up my nose and keeps the airways open. Brilliant bit of kit. I no longer wake up tired and very rarely sleep in the afternoons anymore. Go to NHS Choices homepage

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