Indoor Air Quality in Elementary School Children's Homes in Ulsan: Comparison between Groups with and without Allergic Rhinitis

울산지역 초등학생 가정의 실내공기질: 알레르기 비염 환아군과 대조군 비교

  • Received : 2012.02.18
  • Accepted : 2012.06.05
  • Published : 2012.08.31


This study compared indoor air quality of homes in which elementary school children with and without (case and control) allergic rhinitis live in the Ulsan metropolitan region (UMR). A total of 58 homes (case and control: 29, respectively; children aged 7 to 12 years) was selected for indoor air quality measurements. The concentrations of all general indoor air pollutants, except $PM_{2.5}$, in the case group were much higher than those in the control group. In particular, the average concentrations of $O_3$ and $NO_2$ in the case group were statistically significantly (p<0.05) higher than those in the control group. Average concentrations of $CO_2$ in the case and control groups and $NO_2$ in the case group exceeded the standard level. Some components of aldehydes and ketones and VOCs indicated large difference of average concentrations between two groups, but there were no statistically significant differences.


Allergic rhinitis;Indoor air quality;Industrial city;Elementary schoolchildren;Comparison


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