Vog – Hawaii’s Unique Allergy

Posted on May 7, 2019

Almost everyone heard about the Kilauea volcano eruption in Hawaii last year. It was incredibly devastating to the islands, damaging and destroying entire homes and habitats. Even though it has since stopped erupting and residents have been able to rebuild, there are still residual effects that we deal with every day. Mainly, the air pollution.

What is vog?

Vog, or volcanic smog, is a unique form of air pollution that is caused when sulfur dioxide and  carbon dioxide emitted from a volcano react with oxygen and water particles in the air. Similar to smog, it is a colorless smoke that can cause many health issues.

Vog is not new to the residents of Hawaii; we have been dealing with this issue for many, many years. However, it has only recently become a problem that people are talking about.

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Vog symptoms

Vog can cause several medical issues for people who come in contact with the vapor. Below are some of the most common:

Irritation and coughing

Irritation and coughing are the most common symptoms of vog exposure. Signs of irritation include burning eyes, runny noses, sore throats, headaches and sinus pressure. If you are exposed to vog, these are the first symptoms to appear.

Fatigue and dizziness

In addition to irritation and coughing, you might experience fatigue and dizziness. If you come in contact with vog and then feel out of breath or abnormally tired, get inside quickly, shutting all doors and windows tightly. If the symptoms persist, visit a doctor.

Chest pain and shortness of breath

Vog may also cause you to experience more severe issues such as chest pain and shortness of breath. More common in those that have pre-existing medical conditions, this is something that should be discussed with a medical professional immediately.

If you live near vog and you experience any of these symptoms at any time, make sure to seek medical help to insure that the problems do not persist. Click here to read more information on vog and the risk it poses to your health.

HVAC solutions for vog

Vog is nothing new to the islands of Hawaii, but that doesn’t mean there is nothing you can do to minimize your exposure to it. In fact, there are many ways you can solve the problem in your own home. One of the best ways to combat vog is by installing and maintaining a strong HVAC system. This will ensure that your home’s air stays clean for you and your family all year round. Interested in talking to an HVAC professional about HVAC services? Contact us.

AIRPRO Indoor Air Solutions is a locally owned company. We are Hawaii’s growing ventilation restoration and industrial cleaning professionals and we take your home health very seriously. Visit us today and take the first step in cleaner, healthier air!