Dangerous chemicals in household cleaners heighten risk of lung damage

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16th September 2016 12:14 - Chemicals

Dangerous chemicals in household cleaners heighten risk of lung damage: Scientists from the University of Bergen have revealed that those who regularly clean their homes put themselves at a 14 per cent higher risk of their lungs deteriorating over the next 20 years, due to being exposed to harmful chemicals in household cleaners.Dangerous chemicals in household cleaners heighten risk of lung damage

The dangerous chemicals are usually found in a variety of cleaning products such as bleach, floor cleaners and washing up liquid, and as a result, cleaning can expose people to dangerous chemicals which can irritate one’s airways and cause allergic airway disease.

Over a period of 20 years, the researchers examined a sample of over 5,000 individuals who took part in the European Community Respiratory Health Survey.

According to the findings, the people who were professional cleaners experienced a 17 per cent larger fall in lung function in comparison with the average individual. Lower lung function leaves individuals at a more significant risk of developing respiratory health problems.

Past research has uncovered that professional cleaners have a higher risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which makes cleaning one of the careers which poses the highest risk of contracting the condition. However, the most recent study by the University of Bergen is the first piece of research which explores the long-term dangers of exposing yourself to cleaning products.

The Healthy Lungs for Life campaign strongly urges anyone who struggles with any lung symptoms, either at work or home, to consult their GP and get their lungs checked.

Professor of Respiratory Medicine at the University of Manchester, Professor Jørgen Vestbo, claimed that cleaning products can put people’s health at risk, so individuals should be aware of the health risks and take precautions to in order avoid lung damage.

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