Fine dust pollution puts teens’ lungs at risk

Koreans are still inhaling fine dust particles. That’s especially bad for teenagers because
their lungs… are not yet fully developed. Choi Si-young sheds light on the serious consequences
these youths face if left exposed to the pollutants. Breathing becomes harder when there’s a lot
of fine dust in the air. Adding to the misery is wearing a face mask
all the time,… KNOWING some of the particles will still get into the body because no consumer
face mask is one-hundred-percent dust-proof. Experts say these particles are so fine that
once they pass through our airways, they get stuck in our lungs. And that’s a big problem especially for teenagers,
because the residue hampers their lungs’ development. “If teenagers are repeatedly exposed to fine
dust, they will have underdeveloped lungs. As adults, they could suffer from chronic
obstructive pulmonary diseases.” Doctors say,… while there is no medicine
guaranteed to counter the effects of fine dust particles,… such as breathing difficulties,…
it does help to stay hydrated. “Experts say that staying indoors is best,
but if you must head out outside, they recommend wearing a face mask,… and drinking hot water
after returning home.” Along with our lungs,… our eyes are also
exposed to fine dust everyday. Protecting eyes from dust particles is tricky
because there is no mask. Doctors recommend the following. “When fine dust concentrations are high, I
recommend refraining from wearing contact lenses. And it’s a good idea to use eye drops more
often to wash the dust particles out of the eyes.” Health experts say that with more studies
to be done on the negative effects of fine dust on our bodies, people should follow doctor
recommendations in the meantime. Choi Si-young, Arirang News.

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