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Household cleaning sprays could cause asthma, expert warns

Published on 08/06/2010
Cleaning products commonly used in the home have been linked to a rise in the number of cases of asthma.

Dr Jan-Paul Zock, an expert in occupational asthma, has warned that inhaling chemicals found in household cleaning agents can spark the disease and make existing cases worse.

Breathing in substances such as bleach, ammonia, acids, solvents and stain removers more than once a week has been found to cause a 20 per cent increase in instances of asthma or wheezing, he commented.

Those who regularly use such products in their jobs - such as cleaners, housekeepers and nurses - were believed to be most at risk.

However, Dr Zock said that the extensive use of cleaning agents in the home was also a cause for concern.

Speaking at an international asthma conference in London, Dr Zock, from the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology in Barcelona, said: "The number of people at risk is very large.

"Our research shows that cleaning-related asthma is an important public health issue and it is potentially preventable."

It was recently reported that children who eat three or more burgers a week are also more likely to have asthma.

However, this is thought to be down to lifestyle factors rather than the food itself.
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