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I live in India and have been commuting to office daily on cycle for nine months now. I have developed a permanent sore throat and my skin has also deteriorated because of pollution.

I bought a neo mask (anti pollution), but I find it hard to breathe with it on while going uphill. Please suggest how to prevent pollution from taking a toll on one's body.

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See related question about anti-pollution masks:… – Benzo Apr 8 '14 at 12:57
Additionally, check out another question about respirators for pollution:… – Benzo Apr 8 '14 at 12:57
possible duplicate of Is pollution a problem in urban cycling? – Batman Apr 8 '14 at 13:07
I'm not sure that this is a duplicate. For one thing, this question is stating that (at least for this user) pollution is undoubtedly a problem. The question @Batman cites is dominated by answers comparing exposure in cars to that while biking, which isn't particularly helpful here. – superdesk Apr 8 '14 at 19:00
This seems to help me: I blow my nose. It's not a total fix but it's cheap, easy and seems to help. – Jim Fred Apr 9 '14 at 2:44

There is really nothing you can do. Anti-pollution masks are mostly placebo, and beside making breathing harder, they have close to zero efficiency in terms of air filtering.

Military gas mask would do the job, but for obvious reasons it is not appropriate for biking.

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Masks can filter large particles (think of the PM, particulate matter, index) to a certain extent but the smaller particles can't be effectively filtered. – May 22 '14 at 22:13

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