Sources of ENT Symptoms That Indicate Poor Air Quality

August 13th, 2019 | Wasatch Clean Air

There are several potential air quality concerns that may have an impact on human health, and these can be particularly risky when they’re found in a home or building you spend frequent time in. Limited air quality can lead to negative health effects in several areas, from respiratory concerns to certain long-term conditions and much more.

At Wasatch Clean Air, our air duct cleaning, dryer vent cleaning and other home air purification services are all in place to help limit these risks for you and any other occupants of your home or building. In many cases, the kinds of contaminants we’re so good at removing from your space will provide specific evidence of their presence; this evidence is most often found in the form of a cough, sore throat or similar ear, nose and throat symptoms. Let’s take a look at some of the top causes of these symptoms, what they might be telling you about your indoor air quality, and what you can do about them.

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Air Pollution

Most common in metropolitan areas but also possible in rural ones, smog and air pollution can be extremely harmful to basic human health. This is particularly true during warmer periods of time, where there’s more moisture in the air in general and it’s easier for smog and smoke particles to attach to your lungs and cause issues

Some of the symptoms that may crop up in those who are breathing in unsafe quantities of pollution indoors, possibly signaling indoor air quality issues, include:

  • Sore throat or cough
  • Persistent chest pain
  • Symptoms similar to or identical to asthma attacks

If you notice any of these regularly in yourself or another occupant of your building, contact our team right away for an assessment of your air quality.


Allergens, as the name suggests, are substances that can lead to an allergic reaction in humans. They’re found in a variety of sources, from foods and pollen to cosmetics, cleaning products and many other chemicals.

Particularly for those with seasonal allergies, indoor air quality control is very important. Such individuals may notice itching or running eyes, watery noses, postnasal drips and more common coughing and sneezing events, especially during spring and fall.

Tobacco Smoke

Finally, one of the areas you have the most control over in terms of indoor air quality is tobacco smoke, which can come from cigarettes, cigars or even pipes. Not only does this smoke contain nicotine, it also has several other harmful chemicals that can pose health risks, even for second-hand inhalers who do not smoke themselves. If you or anyone else is regularly smoking inside the house, this practice should be eliminated immediately.

For more on the top causes of ear, nose and throat symptoms and what these say about indoor air quality, or to learn about any of our home air purification services, speak to the staff at Wasatch Clean Air today.