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Global warming is becoming an increasingly serious issue, with many scientific studies showing the extent of the threat we face. The World Meteorological Organization collected data from the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan and European meteorological departments which showed that the average surface temperature of the globe is now 1 degree Celsius higher than it was in the industrial age. This increase in temperature is leading to the melting of the polar icecaps, the retreat of glaciers and a higher frequency of extreme weather events, including heatwaves, typhoons and droughts. 

Hong Kong could be facing relatively hotter and more extreme weather in the summer due to changing weather patterns. Hot and humid weather now even extends into October, leading people to seek out air-conditioned environments for longer periods than before. However, the more time people spend in chilly conditions, the more they may begin to suffer from so-called “air-conditioning sickness”. What causes this sickness – and what can we do to avoid it?

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Air-conditioners do not cause sickness by themselves, but they can interact with the environment in ways that make us sick. Air-conditioning sickness starts when air-conditioners come together with bacteria, fungi, mold and mildew. Another cause of this ailment is running an air-conditioner at too low a temperature. Living and working in a very cold environment can produce long-term shivering that results in headaches and tiredness along with sore muscles and joints.

According to traditional Chinese medicine, the causes of illnesses are determined by various factors. Some of these are considered external, such as the six pernicious influences: wind, cold, heat, dampness, dryness and summer heat. Wind is considered a major cause of illness, while air-conditioners create very cold environments that can also lead to sickness.

 

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Listed below are seven key symptoms that may indicate you are suffering from air-conditioning sickness. If you suffer from three or more of these indicators then you might be affected
by the condition.

 1  Feeling tired and fatigued
 2  Suffering from bone pain
 3  Dizziness and headaches
 4 Easily catching colds
 5 Cold feet and hands
 6 Dry and itchy skin
 7  Allergic reactions such as allergic rhinitis and eczema

Be bold and turn off your air-conditioner at home! Open your windows and enjoy the breeze from outdoors, especially during holidays. Of course, it won’t be possible to avoid the central air-conditioning systems installed in offices, shopping malls and on public transportation, but the following tips will help to protect your health.

  • The temperature for a standard air-conditioning unit should be set at 23 to 25 degrees Celsius to avoid a great temperature difference between outdoors and indoors. Clean the dust net and filter of your air-conditioners regularly; this will help to reduce the presence of indoor allergens and pollutants and leave you less vulnerable to allergies.
  • Move around regularly while you’re in an air-conditioned environment to help promote blood circulation and reduce muscle stiffness caused by the cool air.
  • Keep yourself warm with a jacket or scarf when you’re in an air-conditioned environment. Keeping the neck warm will help to ward off colds. Avoid having cold air from an air-conditioner blowing directly onto your head, neck and joints.
  • Try to make sure your skin is dry before you enter an air-conditioned environment. Sweat on your body will quickly cool when it is chilly indoors, making you more vulnerable to sickness.
  • Air-conditioning is bad for your skin as it makes the air dry and draws moisture from your skin. It is recommended to put a humidifier or a cup of water in the room to help increase humidity. The presence of plants will also help to boost room humidity.

Be bold and turn off your air-conditioner at home! Open your windows and enjoy the breeze from outdoors, especially during holidays. Of course, it won’t be possible to avoid the central air-conditioning systems installed in offices, shopping malls and on public transportation, but the following tips will help to protect your health.

  • The temperature for a standard air-conditioning unit should be set at 23 to 25 degrees Celsius to avoid a great temperature difference between outdoors and indoors. Clean the dust net and filter of your air-conditioners regularly; this will help to reduce the presence of indoor allergens and pollutants and leave you less vulnerable to allergies.
  • Move around regularly while you’re in an air-conditioned environment to help promote blood circulation and reduce muscle stiffness caused by the cool air.
  • Keep yourself warm with a jacket or scarf when you’re in an air-conditioned environment. Keeping the neck warm will help to ward off colds. Avoid having cold air from an air-conditioner blowing directly onto your head, neck and joints.
  • Try to make sure your skin is dry before you enter an air-conditioned environment. Sweat on your body will quickly cool when it is chilly indoors, making you more vulnerable to sickness.
  • Air-conditioning is bad for your skin as it makes the air dry and draws moisture from your skin. It is recommended to put a humidifier or a cup of water in the room to help increase humidity. The presence of plants will also help to boost room humidity.
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Global warming is becoming an increasingly serious issue, with many scientific studies showing the extent of the threat we face. The World Meteorological Organization collected data from the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan and European meteorological departments which showed that the average surface temperature of the globe is now 1 degree Celsius higher than it was in the industrial age. This increase in temperature is leading to the melting of the polar icecaps, the retreat of glaciers and a higher frequency of extreme weather events, including heatwaves, typhoons and droughts. 

Hong Kong could be facing relatively hotter and more extreme weather in the summer due to changing weather patterns. Hot and humid weather now even extends into October, leading people to seek out air-conditioned environments for longer periods than before. However, the more time people spend in chilly conditions, the more they may begin to suffer from so-called “air-conditioning sickness”. What causes this sickness – and what can we do to avoid it?

Air-conditioners do not cause sickness by themselves, but they can interact with the environment in ways that make us sick. Air-conditioning sickness starts when air-conditioners come together with bacteria, fungi, mold and mildew. Another cause of this ailment is running an air-conditioner at too low a temperature. Living and working in a very cold environment can produce long-term shivering that results in headaches and tiredness along with sore muscles and joints.

According to traditional Chinese medicine, the causes of illnesses are determined by various factors. Some of these are considered external, such as the six pernicious influences: wind, cold, heat, dampness, dryness and summer heat. Wind is considered a major cause of illness, while air-conditioners create very cold environments that can also lead to sickness.

 

Listed below are seven key symptoms that may indicate you are suffering from air-conditioning sickness. If you suffer from three or more of these indicators then you might be affected by the condition.

 1  Feeling tired and fatigued
 2  Suffering from bone pain
 3  Dizziness and headaches
 4  Easily catching colds
 5  Cold feet and hands
 6  Dry and itchy skin
 7   Allergic reactions such as allergic rhinitis and eczem

Be bold and turn off your air-conditioner at home! Open your windows and enjoy the breeze from outdoors, especially during holidays. Of course, it won’t be possible to avoid the central air-conditioning systems installed in offices, shopping malls and on public transportation, but the following tips will help to protect your health.

  • The temperature for a standard air-conditioning unit should be set at 23 to 25 degrees Celsius to avoid a great temperature difference between outdoors and indoors. Clean the dust net and filter of your air-conditioners regularly; this will help to reduce the presence of indoor allergens and pollutants and leave you less vulnerable to allergies.
  • Move around regularly while you’re in an air-conditioned environment to help promote blood circulation and reduce muscle stiffness caused by the cool air.
  • Keep yourself warm with a jacket or scarf when you’re in an air-conditioned environment. Keeping the neck warm will help to ward off colds. Avoid having cold air from an air-conditioner blowing directly onto your head, neck and joints.
  • Try to make sure your skin is dry before you enter an air-conditioned environment. Sweat on your body will quickly cool when it is chilly indoors, making you more vulnerable to sickness.
  • Air-conditioning is bad for your skin as it makes the air dry and draws moisture from your skin. It is recommended to put a humidifier or a cup of water in the room to help increase humidity. The presence of plants will also help to boost room humidity.