Household cleaning sprays increase asthma risk?

June 8th, 2010 - 12:12 am ICT by IANS  

London, June 7 (IANS) Use of household cleaning sprays might increase the risk of developing asthma, says an expert.
Studies have suggested that some products can trigger breathing problems in people who have never previously suffered from the illness, reports

According to Jan-Paul Zock, an expert in occupational asthma, from the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology in Barcelona, if proven, the link could make some cases of the disease preventable.

“The number of people at risk is very large. Not only those who have cleaning jobs or whose work involves cleaning are at risk, but we also need to consider the ubiquitous use of cleaning products at home,” said Zock.

Inhaling chemicals found in many household cleaners, including bleach, ammonia, solvents and stain removers more than once a week was linked to 20 percent rise in cases of asthma or wheezing.

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