Does exposure to unpleasant smells (odors) have a harmful effect on human health?
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Katedra i Zakład Higieny Uniwersytetu Medycznego im. Piastów Śląskich we Wrocławiu Kierownik Zakładu: dr hab. n. med. K. Pawlas, prof. nadzw.
Instytut Medycyny Pracy i Zdrowia Środowiskowego w Sosnowcu. Dyrektor: dr n. med. P.Z. Brewczyński
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Aleksandra Michalak
Katedra i Zakład Higieny Uniwersytetu Medycznego im. Piastów Śląskich we Wrocławiu ul. J. Mikulicza-Radeckiego 7, 50-368 Wrocław
Med Srod. 2014;17(4):76-81
Odors are a mixture of volatile chemicals (organic and inorganic compounds), known as unpleasant gases which are perceptible even at low concentrations (low odor threshold). Chemicals which cause irritation of the mucous membranes of nose, throat and eyes through stimulation of the trigeminal nerve are among them. In some people psychosomatic symptoms occur as a result of exposure to odor. The sources of odors may be processes naturally occurring in nature (e.g. distribution of organic matter) and effects of human activities (sewage treatment plants, landfills, farms pigs). Emission of odors often goes beyond odor generating plants exposing the local population to their impact. Complaints of people motivate to create uniform criteria of smell and to study impact of odors on human health.
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