Outdoor air pollution and health: Health effects

Health effects of outdoor air pollution

Health effects from air pollution can depend on the source. Overall, exposure to outdoor air pollution can increase your risk of:

You may also have increased:

If you are exposed to air pollution, you may experience:

You may notice these symptoms after a few minutes or hours in an area with poor air quality, and then feel better after leaving or going indoors. This may be more noticeable if you have not spent much time in areas of poor air quality.

People with existing heart or lung conditions may:

Learn more about who is most at risk for health effects of air pollution.

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