Research finds that outdoor air pollution could increase flare-ups among people with bronchiectasis

Researchers in Europe have found that exposure to nitrogen dioxide and PM10 can worsen symptoms among people with bronchiectasis.

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.

Read the full write-up on the bronchiectasis patient priorities website – and access more information on the condition.

Our Healthy Lungs for Life campaign focuses on the importance of having air that is free from pollution, passive smoke, dangerous gases and other toxins that can affect the airways. Visit the campaign website to organise an event in your area and find out how you can support the campaign. 

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