Effects the Dust Bowl Had On People

The dust bowl had many effects on people and their health.

Fine dust particles were present in the dust. When inhaled, they cut and irritated the mucous membranes of the respiratory system.
In the spring of 1935, the US health service noted a 50 to 100 percent increase in pneumonia.

They also noticed a notable increase in sinusitis, laryngitis, and bronchitis.


Sinusitis: The inflammation of the sinuses

Laryngitis: Inflammation of the larynx (voice box)

Bronchitis: Inflammation of the mucous membrane of the bronchi.


Many people suffered from strep throat and eye infections as well.
If people were outside when a dust storm struck, they gasped and choked.

If they were inside during a storm, they watched soil come through the doors, leaving a thin layer of dust on everything

Dust Pneumonia

Dust Pneumonia irritated the lungs and bronchial tubes. It lead to infection , and in some cases death.