The controversial broadcaster, 57, shared that he’s had sinus problems for a number of years, which he initially put down to hay fever.
However, the former Good Morning Britain host reckons he’s now sussed out the main cause of his problems, and is keen to know if anyone else has experienced similar symptoms.
Addressing his 8.3million followers, Piers began: ‘After 3yrs of thinking I’d developed worsening hay fever, I’ve finally solved the mystery: air pollution.
‘I live in one of UK’s worst polluted areas – Kensington/Chelsea – and when air quality’s v bad, like last week, I feel rough. When it’s OK, like now, I’m fine. Anyone else? [sic]’
After receiving a wealth of advice online, Piers followed up with: ‘Fellow air pollution sufferers, I’ve installed a few air purifiers at home, which are very effective, but any other tips? Do you stay inside completely on v bad air quality days? (I have the app to warn me now…)’
When one follower encouraged him to wear a face covering and use hand sanitiser – seemingly mocking the advice from the pandemic – Piers replied: ‘Masks are apparently ineffective against air pollution.’
Starting to get some answers, one supporter informed him that they had been through the same thing, with a specialist telling them it was called ‘London nose.’
‘My local chemist said I was being “Kensington pollution bombed” when I explained symptoms, which worsen when I return from overseas trips, and he was right,’ Piers wrote back.
Not everyone was so helpful, though, as one Twitter user had the sarcastic advice of: ‘Stop breathing Piers it’s a win/win for all of us’.
Never one to turn down an opportunity for a comeback, Piers responded: ‘Many thanks for your thoughtful suggestion.’
Others asked whether Piers had also lost his sense of taste and smell, to which he confirmed he did for eight months, due to Long Covid.
While the term ‘London nose’ sounds a bit odd, and it isn’t an actual medical condition, it has been known for those who live in the capital to have their health suffer as a result of air pollution.
Those who are most vulnerable, such as children, elderly people, and those with heart or respiratory conditions, are most affected.
Possible ways of managing the health effects of air pollution
Verify the air quality in your area before going outdoors
Keep any medication with you
Avoid areas where the air is polluted (busy roads with a lot of traffic, industrialised areas, residential neighbourhoods on winter nights)
Contribute to the reduction of outdoor air pollution (cycle, use public transport, or walk)
Maintain good indoor air quality (free from smoke, wooden stoves, asbestos, household products like paint and varnish, fix mould, install a carbon monoxide detecter)
While most pollutants in London are not at high enough levels to seriously affect human health, the two pollutants of most concern are particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2), according to London.gov.uk.
Particulate pollution can harm the heart and lungs and it is linked to asthma and death.
Meanwhile, nitrogen dioxide, at high concentrations, can inflame the airways and long-term exposure can affect lung function and breathing – it can also worsen asthma.
In terms of how polluted London actually is, it is one of the most polluted places in the UK, according to the London Air Quality Network.
This pollution tends to be traffic-related and, due to the sheer size of the city and its dense road network and high buildings, central London in particular allows pollution to become trapped, especially during still weather.
So, now you know!
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