Air Pollution and CIDP Neuropathy

Air pollution has been linked with an increase of autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and may have implications for people suffering from CIDP neuropathy.

By Shiraz Abbas

Air pollution has generally been associated with lung and breathing problems. However, more recent studies are now suggesting that air pollution may also be linked to autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. For those familiar with CIDP neuropathy, they will know that CIDP is also an autoimmune disease.

A 2016 Canadian study looked at the medical records of patients with autoimmune diseases and their correlations with levels of pollution in their localities. The study found that the more polluted a city was, the higher the risk of developing an autoimmune disease.

The study suggested that women of older age were at higher risk for autoimmune diseases than males when exposed to pollutants.

How does this happen? It is thought that exposure to pollution could trigger autoantibodies in the lungs which would then lead the body into producing an environment that led to the precursor of an autoimmune disease.

Obviously this is not a definitive conclusion and research is still on-going. So far the only link that has been seen is between air pollution and rheumatic disease and even there the research is still in progress. However, with the current research it does raise questions for people who have other kinds of autoimmune diseases like CIDP.

Over 40, 000 people have CIDP in the United States. However, the numbers may be higher as CIDP is often diagnosed as neuropathy only. If you need more information on CIDP, please do not hesitate to contact us for free information.

Shiraz Abbas is the founder and manager of the CIDP Neuropathy Support Group. He is also one of the main community educators of IVIG therapy. He resides in Fresno, California. Shiraz can be contacted through our free CIDP advice service at 1-855-782-0574.

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