Exposure to Low Levels of Hydrogen Sulphide Does Not Aggravate Asthma Symptoms

by Raja Nandhini on  April 4, 2013 at 3:45 AM Environmental Health
RSS Email Print This Page Comment
A recent study has revealed that low levels of hydrogen sulphide (H2S) do not affect the symptoms of asthma or increase the risk of asthma in people living in Rotorua, a geothermal region where H2S gas is produced naturally.
 Exposure to Low Levels of Hydrogen Sulphide Does Not Aggravate Asthma Symptoms
Exposure to Low Levels of Hydrogen Sulphide Does Not Aggravate Asthma Symptoms
Advertisement

The health impact of H2S gas, in industries where the gas is produced as a byproduct and in residential areas where the gas is naturally produced, has been concern for a long time.

Advertisement
Researchers from University of Otago, Wellington, the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University monitored the health effects of the gas amongst 1600 adult residents of Rotorua for five years.

People's exposure level to the gas was estimated based on their work and living place and based on it they were divided into four groups from highest to lowest level of exposure.

The findings indicated no significant association between H2S exposure levels and risk of asthma. Moreover, symptoms of asthma were reported less often in highest exposure group.

According to the authors, the results reassuring to those exposed to low levels H2S at both residential and industrial regions.

However, the positive effects of the gas cannot be confirmed based on this study and the researchers are planning to soon examine the effects of H2S on nervous system and the eye.

Source: Medindia
Advertisement

Post your Comments

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
Notify me when reply is posted
I agree to the terms and conditions

Related Links

More News on:

Childhood Asthma Asthma Remedies for Seasonal Allergy Relief Allergy - Symptom Evaluation Wheezing Churg-Strauss Syndrome Tests for Asthma Stay Well This Winter 
Advertisement

News A - Z

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

News Search

Medindia Newsletters

Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!

Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Advertisement

Advertisement
Advertisement

Stay Connected

  • Available on the Android Market
  • Available on the App Store

Facebook

News Category

News Archive