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Year : 1999  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 10-14

Domestic Fuel Combustion And Morbidity From Asthma Among Non - Smoking Women



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D Gupta


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Three hundred non-smoking women, of whom 200 had asthma, were interviewed in Chest Clinic with the help of a questionnaire regarding cooking habits and smoke in kitchen. Asthmatics were also questioned about their drug requirements, and the number of acute episodes, emergency room visits, hospitalization and days off work in the preceding one year. Use of biomass fuel was significantly more common among asthmatic women than the controls (25.%vs.4.0%). There was no significant increase in any of the indices of morbidity from asthma among patients using either king of fuel. However, patients using biomass fuels and having smoking kitchens had a higher number of emergence room visits and days off work per patients than patients using similar fuels but having relatively less smoky kitchen (P<0.05). We conclude that indoor air pollution from biomass fuel combustion does not cause increased morbidity among non-smoking women with asthma, except probably where the exposure is heavier and persistent.


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