Monday, October 15, 2007

People who clean once a week could develop asthma?

Using household cleaning sprays and air fresheners as little as once a week can raise the risk of asthma in adults, researchers in Europe said.

The higher asthma rate had been seen before, but only in people who cleaned for a living and had very high exposure to the products, said lead author Jan-Paul Zock. The study looked at 3,500 patients in 10 European cities. About 6 percent of women in had asthma symptoms, though only 10 percent were full-time homemakers.

A news release said the risk of asthma went up with frequence of use and the number of products used, but air fresheners, furniture sprays and glass cleaners had the strongest effect. Zock said the research indicates that 15 percent of adult asthma cases are caused by cleaners. » Article here



At 10/16/2007 6:48 AM, Anonymous art said...

So that's why more gals than guys are allergic? Good to know.


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