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Journal of Pollution Effects & Control

Journal of Pollution Effects & Control
Open Access

ISSN: 2375-4397

+44 1223 790975

Air pollution and asthma in Kuwait


International Conference on Pollution Control & Sustainable Environment

April 25-26, 2016 Dubai, UAE

Ismail Sabbah

Public Authority for Applied Education and Training, Kuwait

Posters & Accepted Abstracts: Pollut Eff Cont

Abstract :

In this study, we have investigated the link between weather parameters, airborne pollens, air pollutants and the number of asthmatic patient visits in Al Rasheed Allergy Center, Kuwait during a full annual cycle. The pattern of the pollen counts graph exhibits a consistent annual cycle. A good correlation is obtained between airborne pollens and asthmatic patients in 2012. We identify 35 days with the number of asthma visit patients exceed 188. The Chreeâ�?�?s method of superposed epoch has been applied to study the behavior of weather parameters and air pollutants on these days with respect to the rest of the days in 2012. The wind speed increases to 3.9�?±0.1 m/s one day before the increase in the numbers of asthmatic patients. This increase causes a spread in the air pollens that directly increase the number of patients. The daily average values of dew point and relative humidity increase with the number of asthmatic patients while the visibility decreases. This may trigger asthmatic symptoms. We find no link between air pollutants and the number of asthmatic patients. The major dust storms of 2012 have no effect on the number of asthmatic patients as they consist mainly of coarse particles.

Biography :

Email: sabbahsom@yahoo.com

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