Health Problems That Could Be Caused By Your Environment

There are a number of environmental contaminants that we come across every day that can lead to serious health issues. While not every single contaminant cannot be avoided entirely, there are some common and unhealthy environmental materials that can be partially or completely avoided. Here is a closer look at four common health issues that are caused by environmental toxins that you may be coming into contact with every day.

Lung Cancer

Lung cancer and other medical conditions that affect the respiratory system are extremely common today and many of these problems are caused by radon. Radon is a naturally-occurring radioactive gas that will often become trapped inside enclosed spaces such as homes and officers. Continued exposure to radon has been shown to increase one's risk of lung cancer. Radon testing kits can be used to identify problematic areas and a radon specialist can suggest methods to avoid this radioactive material.


Eczema is a blanket term that is given to inflammation of the outer layer of skin. This may be accompanied by itching, redness, and even scarring and could be the result of environmental factors in one's home. Eczema is often the caused by coming into contact with certain bacteria or microscopic bugs, such as mites. One of the most common locations for this bacteria is within one's bed. A simple way to avoid this is to change mattresses every 7 to 10 years and thoroughly washing all bedding at least once a week.

Gastrointestinal Infections

Gastrointestinal infections take place when there is an imbalance of bacteria within the stomach and intestines or specific germs have been ingested. This can take place due to contaminated drinking water that has not been thoroughly tested and disinfected. A specialist from Alberta Water Services advises every homeowner to take the time to have their drinking water tested, especially if they suspect contamination.

Mercury Poisoning

Mercury poisoning is on the decline but cases are still diagnosed every single year. Mercury poisoning most often takes place when man-made facilities pollute water, this water enters into fish or other animals, and then these animals are consumed by humans. Those that want to avoid mercury poisoning should know exactly where their meat products are coming from, especially fish such as mackerel, shark, and swordfish that have come from the Gulf of Mexico.

No human is ever going to be able to avoid all environmental toxins and contaminants, but taking a few preemptive steps may be all that is required to drastically reduce the amount of contact with these unhealthy materials.

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