Could Poor Indoor Air Quality Be Causing Your Migraines?
Feeling dizzy? Having a severe headache? If you experience migraines often, it is important to visit your doctor to determine their cause. Migraines are caused by a variety of factors. Not many people realize that indoor air quality is amongst the leading causes of migraines.
While scientists still don’t fully understand what causes migraines, research suggests that there are various environmental factors that can trigger migraines or make them worse. If you suffer with migraines, it is a good idea to keep a journal of when your migraines start or what is happening when they get worse. This will help you identify triggers so you can avoid them.
According to a study by the Environment Protection Agency (US EPA), indoor air quality in many homes is much worse than outdoor air quality. The air in many homes has high levels of air pollutants including formaldehyde, mold spores, dust mites, carbon monoxide and much more. Research has shown that exposure to environmental irritants such as formaldehyde and other noxious gases, makes people susceptible to developing migraines. Exposure to high levels of these air pollutants in your home could therefore be the reason your experiencing migraines.
What to do about indoor air quality
If you suspect that the quality of the air in your home is poor, the first step you should take is to have your home inspected and tested. Testing will reveal exactly what pollutants are present in the home and at what level. Testing will help you determine what needs to be done to improve the quality of air in your home.
One of the most effective ways of improving indoor air quality is by investing in a whole home ventilation system. Unlike air conditioners that simply recycle the stale air in your home, whole home ventilation systems remove stale air and expel it to the outdoors. They then draw clean and fresh air from outside into your home. They therefore keep your home ventilated without causing loss in energy to the outside. You will save money on energy bills while ensuring your home’s air quality is good.
Depending on the type and level of pollutants in your air, you may also want to eliminate the sources of pollution that can be removed. For example, if your air has a high level of mold spores, you should invest in mold remediation services.
Are you suffering from migraines? Have you considered the quality of air in your home?
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