Air pollution and asthma

Sotiris Vardoulakis, Nicholas Osborne

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Outdoor air pollution is a major risk factor for both acute and chronic respiratory illness and mortality. Short-term exposure (from a few hours to several days) to elevated levels of air pollution has been associated with a range of adverse health effects on lung function. There is increasing epidemiological evidence of the association between air pollution and asthma exacerbations in children,1 with some studies also suggesting a contribution to new onset of asthma. Air pollution, however, is a complex mixture of particles and gases emitted from a wide range of sources or generated in the atmosphere through reactions of chemical species. It is difficult to disentangle the effect of specific pollutants on health using common epidemiological methods, particularly in cases where these pollutants, for example, combustion-related particles and nitrogen dioxide, correlate strongly.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)813-814
Number of pages2
JournalArchives of Disease in Childhood
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2018
Externally publishedYes


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