Researchers in Europe have found that exposure to two key forms of air pollution – nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter (PM)10 – is linked to an increase in exacerbations (flare-ups) among people with bronchiectasis.
They also noted a significantly higher risk of flare-ups in the spring and summer, when people are more exposed to air pollution.
The study involved 432 people diagnosed with bronchiectasis being treated at a specialist clinic in Dundee, UK, between 2000 and 2014.
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