While keeping our house clean is important, the materials we use in cleaning may be putting our health at risk.

A recent Norwegian study found people who use household products are at greater risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD). COPD includes conditions such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

Researchers followed 5000 women over a 20-year period, using data from The European Community Respiratory Health Survey (ECRHS). They found those who clean for a living had a 17% decline in lung function compared to the average person. What’s more, though, is even those who simply scrub surfaces at home were found to suffer from a 14% greater loss of lung function.

What could be causing this? Researchers suspect exposure to chemical agents like ammonia, which irritate the airways, and other chemicals that can cause allergic airway disease.

Lead author from the University of Bergen Oistein Svanes said, “We need to start being much more aware of the chemicals we’re releasing into the air we breathe when we use things like cleaning spray.”

So the next time you take a trip to the groceries to buy your cleaning products, check the label and opt for something natural as much as possible. And if in case you experience symptoms of COPD, be sure to see your physician immediately.

 

Source: The Daily Mail

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