- Animal Dander
- Dust mites
- Airborne Lead or Mercury
- Carbon monoxide
- Nitrogen dioxide
This list of contaminants contains an extremely varied collection of elements that are linked to health concerns ranging from watery eyes to cancer.
Government statistics show that 20% of schools experience problems due to poor air quality—that’s 1 out of every 5 schools (which in turn represents 8.4 million students).
- Allergic sensitization and/or allergy-like symptoms: eye irritation, watery eyes, nose and throat discomfort, chest tightness, shortness of breath, cough, allergic skin reaction, vomiting, nose bleeds, fatigue, dizziness
- Flu-like symptoms: fatigue, headache, dizziness, nausea and vomiting
- exacerbation of asthma
- conjunctival inflammation
- recurrent fever
- tachycardia (quickened heart beat)
- Be aware of any allergic tendencies: if you know that your child has allergies or asthma, make sure that you are keeping up with treatment at home (even if the condition is mild).
- Take your child to see an allergist to determine what he or she is allergic to (allergy tests may reveal allergic reactions to elements that might be at school and not in your home).
- Maintain allergic reactions with prescribed medications and allergen avoidance. If your child’s asthma or allergies are stable at home, but flare when they come home from school, then you can pinpoint what is triggering attacks and where the encounters are taking place.
- Part of allergen avoidance is removing airborne particles using an air purifier with a HEPA filter. Check out Dynamic Air Cleaners CT500 for a room-size console unit.
- Monitor colds and other ailments: though colds often are reoccurring (especially in schools, where they are spread from student to student), but some of the persistent symptoms of poor air quality will resemble a cold or the flu.
- If a large number of students are chronically ill with cold-like symptoms, or if there are several instances of emergency room visits and/or hospitalizations, it may be time to take the topic up with school officials.
For more information about Sick School Syndrome, read this information pamphlet in PDF form by the US Department of Energy