How plastic particles are reaching the lungs?

Microplastics found for the first time in human lungs, know-how plastic particles are reaching the lungs In recent research, it was said that microplastic particles have been found in human blood for the first time, after which a new research has now come to the fore.

According to research by the University of Hull and Hull York Medical School, small particles of plastic have been found in the deepest part of the lung. In this research done by scientists, it has been said that these microplastic particles are reaching the human lungs through breathing. At a time when human beings are using plastics for some of the other purpose every day, the presence of microplastics in the lungs can be very dangerous. 


Scientists doing research are examining these pieces of plastic and gathering information about the effect it has on human health. It has been told in this research that the highest amount of polypropylene has been found in people who have found these particles of microplastic in their lungs. This is the same polypropylene that is used to make plastic bags.


How are the plastic particles reaching the lungs?

Scientists involved in this research have told that for the first time microplastic particles have been found in human lungs. These plastics have mostly reached the human lungs through particles present in the air. Microplastic particles can enter our bodies in many ways. It has also been seen many times that microplastics have entered the human body through non-veg food. In today's time plastic has become an important part of people's life. From bringing vegetables from the market to packing food, plastic is being used. But microplastic particles can reach the lungs only through breathing in the form of particles present in the air.

In research published in the journal Science of the Total Environment, it has also been told to a great extent that microplastic particles in the lungs are reaching through the breath. In this research, 39 types of microplastics have been found in the lung tissue of 11 out of 13 samples taken. Most of these quantities are of polypropylene followed by PET which is used to make plastic bottles.


Effects of Microplastics on Human Lung

The penetration of microplastic particles into the body puts you at risk of many serious diseases. Because of this, you can have cancer and many serious problems related to tissue. If these polluted particles remain in your body for a long time, they can cause asthma, cancer, and many serious respiratory problems. At present, research is still going on about microplastic particles found in the inner tissues of human lungs. Scientists are researching about the damage caused to the human body due to this.


What to do to prevent microplastic particles from reaching the body?

At a time when plastic has become an integral part of our lives, you must take several steps to prevent microplastic particles from reaching the body. Plastic is present in many forms around us. From packing your food and drink to the foil you bring vegetables or fruits from the market, and mobiles and water bottles, all are made of plastic. The microplastics used to make them are considered very harmful to health. The plastic whose size is less than 5 mm is called microplastic. You must keep these things in mind to prevent microplastic particles from entering the body.


  • Use steel or other utensils instead of plastic utensils.
  • Use of mask before going out in polluted air.
  • Instead of drinking tea in a plastic cup, use a glass
  • Do not throw plastic waste in the open.
  • Use glass or copper bottles for drinking water instead of plastic bottles.

By taking the precautions mentioned above, you can prevent microplastic particles from entering the body. Breathing in polluted air can be very dangerous for you, so you should always use a mask while going out. More than 7000 microplastic particles can enter our body through clothes, food items, toys, etc. To prevent them, it is very important to reduce the use of plastic.



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