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Cleaning Products Trigger Asthma

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Monday, 26 Oct 2015 04:46 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Fumes from cleaning products used at work can make existing asthma worse, according to a new study of professional cleaning service employees.

Products such as bleach, glass cleaner, detergents, and air fresheners exacerbated asthma-related symptoms for the women, and their reduced lung function lasted until the morning after exposure, in some cases getting worse with time.

“These results support the importance of developing workplace health and safety practices designed to limit exposures to irritant chemicals in cleaning products,” the study team wrote.

A number of studies in recent years have reported associations between exposure to cleaning products and asthma.

The researchers evaluated respiratory symptoms over about two weeks in 21 women who had asthma symptoms within the past year, eight of whom also had a longer history of asthma. During the study period, the women recorded the different types of cleaning products they used at work as well as how they used them, such as in spray or liquid form.

The list included 14 different generic cleaning agents including bleach, detergents, degreasers, carpet cleaners, and waxes and polishes.

On average, the women used just over two different types of cleaning products each day, and about three out of every four working days the women were exposed to at least one strong irritant, such as ammonia, bleach, or hydrochloric acid.

The researchers found that during this period, 17 women reported having at least one upper respiratory tract symptom, such as sneezing, scratchy throat, or runny nose. Eighteen women reported at least one lower respiratory tract symptom, such as coughing, wheezing, or chest pain.

There was a stronger association between exposure to cleaning products and developing these symptoms among women with a history of asthma, as compared to the rest of the group.
 

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