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Exposure to diesel exhaust may lead to asthma

There have been many recent studies detailing the harm that comes from traffic. Not only can air pollution increase the risk of cancer and heart disease, but it may have an effect on health developments in children. 

A new report published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that children who are exposed to diesel exhaust have a greater chance of suffering from severe asthma. Diesel exhaust increases the amount of a protein known as IL-17A in the blood, which in turn can cause chronic inflammatory diseases as well. 

In addition, the study found that children who were exposed to dust mites along with diesel exhaust often suffered from more severe asthma than those who were subjected to only traffic pollution. 

While researchers found that diesel exhaust is a problem, they are closing in on a few treatments. Neutralizing the IL-17A protein can lead to relief for some asthmatics and may even counter the effects of traffic pollution on the body. Those treatments are still a long way off, however, and in the meantime individuals may want to take steps to clear the air of many common irritants. Home air purifiers like the IQAir GC MultiGas may be ideal for these situations.