Common complaints associated with air quality problems
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class=MsoBodyText style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0.75in">Common complaints associated with air quality problems are:

class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0.75in"> irritations of eyes, nose or throat

class=MsoFooter style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0.75in; tab-stops: .5in"> dry mucous membranes and skin

class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0.75in"> mental fatigue, headache or sleepiness

class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0.75in"> airway infections and cough

class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0.75in"> hoarseness and wheezing

class=MsoFooter style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0.75in; tab-stops: .5in"> nausea or dizziness

class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0.75in"> redness, flushing of the face or skin, or rashes

class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0.75in"> hypersensitivity

class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0.75in">Pay particular attention if several people in a building complain of these symptoms or if they appear on school days but disappear over vacations or correlate with certain classrooms or activities.

class=MsoBodyText style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0.75in">Common complaints associated with pesticide exposure:

class=MsoBodyText style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0.75in"> skin irritations

class=MsoBodyText style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0.75in"> flu-like symptoms: nausea, vomiting, headache and aching joints

class=MsoBodyText style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0.75in"> dizziness

disorientation or inability to concentrate

shortness of breath or asthma attacks


These are short-term effects. Long-term health effects are poorly understood, but may include hypersensitivity to a wide range of ordinary chemicals, hyperactivity, motor-coordination problems, cancer, birth defects, damage to kidneys, liver, nerves or reproductive organs.

Sources: Healthy Schools Network and Beyond Pesticides

See also:
Chemically Dependent Schools: What Parents Must Know About Toxins at School