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Household sprays linked to Asthma

15 June 2010

A recent research has shown the effects of home disinfectants on Asthma

Health experts have warned against the use of Chlorine, bleach and other disinfectants that are commonly used as cleaning sprays in home and around workplace. Experts say that they make existing asthma symptoms worse and can spark a condition in people who are not affected yet. Dr Jan Paul Zock, of the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology in Barcelona, backed the previous studies and now confirms that breathing in bleach and disinfectants more than once a week can cause a 20% increase in chances of catching asthma. Dr Zock further says that his research shows that this is a public health issue and is potentially preventable. Dr Elaine Vickers of Asthma UK said: "It's important to open windows when cleaning, use products sparingly and use natural alternatives if possible." Dr Martha Scott, who led the study of 120 babies, said: "It suggests it is possible to prevent asthma with a regime that avoids common triggers." It was also suggested that it may be possible to avoid asthma in high risk babies if expecting mothers avoid soya, nuts and dairy before one. The study was conducted in commercial establishments like hospitals that use disinfectants more often. More studies are needed to come to any conclusion about household consumers of disinfectants, which are often very difficult to track. Source: Intermedical Direct, one of the largest suppliers of Medical Supplies including nebulisers for Asthma. Check their website for more information.