In a new study, researchers have found that people with exhaust leaks in their lungs often experience symptoms similar to those of asthma.
The researchers analysed data from a nationally representative sample of over 500,000 Australians aged 18 years and over, and used a validated questionnaire to measure symptoms including fatigue, asthma and breathlessness.
In total, the researchers identified more than 300 symptoms common to exhaust leak sufferers.
“Exhaust leak syndrome is characterized by breathing difficulties, fatigue, and shortness of breath, which can be a sign of a serious disease,” said Dr. Rakesh Kapur, the study’s senior author and a researcher at the Queensland University of Technology.
Dr Kapur explained that the symptoms often mimic those of the disease that causes chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD.
Exhaust leaking can cause the lungs to become inflamed, causing the person to cough and wheeze.
A respiratory disorder can be exacerbated by the respiratory system’s inability to properly clear obstructive air.
“Exemptions of these symptoms may have been a source of the patient’s anxiety and stress,” Dr. Kapur said.
What causes exhaust leak?
The researchers found that most people with respiratory problems were suffering from the condition, which is commonly diagnosed as obstructive respiratory syndrome, or OSS.
This condition is a result of breathing problems and can be caused by lung damage, such as from a heart attack or stroke.
Some people with OSS may also have other medical conditions such as obstructing lung, such an asthma attack, that can exacerbate the symptoms.
There are various theories about the cause of exhaust leak.
People with respiratory conditions, for example, might be allergic to the smoke emitted by an exhaust pipe, or be susceptible to the irritant fumes from a gas tank, or the smell of the exhaust leaking through a vent pipe.
Researchers believe that the condition is caused by a chemical called NOx, which occurs naturally in the air we breathe.
According to Dr. Kaushik Dasgupta, an associate professor of medicine at the University of New South Wales and a co-author of the study, the NOx can trigger inflammation in the respiratory tract and lead to symptoms such as coughing, wheezing and short-term fatigue.
For people who have OSS, the symptoms may also mimic asthma, a condition caused by blocking of the airways.
But there is no cure for exhaust leak, which has become a problem in the past.
If you or anyone you know has symptoms of exhaust leaks, contact your doctor or emergency services.
You can report a suspected exhaust leak to the Queensland Ambulance Service on 13 11 14.