Building syndrome symptoms and prevention



 Building syndrome caused by polluted indoor air is a threat to the health of office workers. Building syndrome refers to problems such as irritation of the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose, and throat, headache, lethargy, drowsiness, nasal congestion, fatigue, and vomiting due to air pollutants commonly found indoors.



Office worker A gets a headache when he goes to work. I sit in front of the computer all morning and work, and around lunchtime I get tired and sleepy or dizzy. From noticing my bosses to frequent overtime, I thought it was because of the increased stress.


However, the symptoms did not go away over time. Just in case, Mr. A visited the hospital, and he said that there was nothing special about the hospital. Are all these symptoms, such as headaches, fatigue, dizziness, and poor concentration, due to stress? Mr. A was frustrated because he did not know how to solve it, but it was the building syndrome.


Building syndrome is likely to occur not only in offices, but also in people who spend more than 80% of their day indoors, such as apartments, subways, and cars. In particular, women, young people, people with a lot of stress, and people with a history of allergies are classified as a high-risk group for building syndrome compared to people who do not, so you should pay more attention.


Symptoms of building syndrome include dizziness, headache, laryngitis, and allergy symptoms. In addition, it can cause severe coughing symptoms as it brings diseases to the respiratory and lungs, and it exhibits various symptoms such as skin irritation, nausea, vomiting, shoulder pain, red eyes, fatigue, lethargy, and discomfort. It also lowers work efficiency and causes mental fatigue due to a decline in memory.


In order to prevent building syndrome caused by environmental problems, it is best to adjust the working environment, such as lighting, temperature, humidity, ventilation, and air purification, to the natural environment as much as possible. Ventilation every 2-3 hours to maintain an appropriate indoor temperature, and breathing fresh, clean air can also be effective. You also need to clean frequently to prevent dust from accumulating in every nook and cranny of the room. It is good to stretch the whole body while breathing outside even for a short time, and drinking water frequently to relieve symptoms is also helpful.


Growing green plants can also be a good option. This is because green plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Even when driving for a long time, it is recommended to open the windows a little and ventilate once an hour. If you drive for about 10 minutes with the door closed, the air inside the car becomes turbid, so you may feel drowsy and have a slight headache when driving for a long time. In addition, when moving into a newly sold apartment or office in winter, the indoor temperature should be sufficiently raised for 2-3 days and ventilation should be continued to allow the harmful substances to escape sufficiently.


Building syndrome can be prevented sufficiently with frequent ventilation. In general, if you stay indoors for a long time, the ability to detect air pollution decreases, so the sense of how turbid the air is decreases. Therefore, it is important to correctly understand the necessity of ventilation and to always consciously ventilate it with this in mind.