Air pollution is in the air that we breathe in, and there are lots of different types of pollution in the air around us. Different types of pollution are caused by different things, and can affect you in different ways as they are inhaled and absorbed into the body.
Pollution can come from lots of sources, including; fires, cleaning products, car fumes, air fresheners and smoking.
Air pollution can play a part in causing asthma for some children.
For children who already have asthma, being exposed to more air pollution can increase how bad their symptoms are and how often they have chronic symptoms.
Air pollution can worsen asthma symptoms, including coughing, wheezing and breathlessness, so we’ve worked with GPs, young people with asthma and their families and climate charity, Global Action Plan, to put together some resources to help you learn about practical actions you can take to reduce your exposure to air pollution.
You can download the Air Pollution and You checklist to see what actions you can do to help to reduce your exposure to air pollution.
Visit the Global Action Plan website to find out more.
The below training video helps GPs, asthma nurses and other health professionals understand the impact air pollution has on a patients health, but the video can be watched by anyone looking for more information.