Skip to comments.Link Found Between Cleaning Products and Asthma
Posted on 12/24/2004 8:58:41 AM PST by Scenic Sounds
There is a connection between exposure of domestic cleaning products and wheezing in toddlers, which is an early sign of asthma, according to new research.
The study of 14,000 children up to the age of three and a half, published in the journal Thorax found that exposure to household products such as bleach, aerosols, carpet and window cleaners increased the risk of wheezing.
Youngsters born into the top ten per cent of families using such products the most were more than twice as likely to suffer from wheezing compared to the bottom ten per cent, who used them the least.
Researchers said there was a link between prenatal exposure and wheezing as well as one between environmental exposures after birth.
Cases of asthma have more than tripled since the 1970s, with 1.4 million people affected, experts claim.
The Office for National Statistics has noted a dramatic rise in the use of household cleaning products in Britain over the past two decades.
So that's why when there is a release of chemicals into the air, they evacuate the area until the air is clear again! Wow! I always wondered about that!
This does not account for mine and my brothers childhood asthma.
.... who were twice as likely to suffer from dysentery, food poisoning, botulism and fungal infections.
I have lived my life in both very rural and very upscale suburban areas and have noticed that the kids who grew up on farms and had dirt and maure on their shoes and occaisionally under their fingernails seemed much healthier than their sterile counterparts. Asthma? I didn't know anyone with asthma was until I moved to the city where it seems every fifth kid has it to some degree.
I wonder how long they've known.
I know an elderly gentleman who contracted a lung ailment while cleaning the oven with "Eazy Off". He died four days later of pnumonia. (Another reason to leave the cleaning to a professional. Heh heh, when I get old and forgetful I tell my wife its time that I clean the oven.)
You'd be amazed at all the things a self-cleaning oven can do. Throw in the burner grills, the caked on pans, whatever. It gets it all clean. (Though I wouldn't recommend the glass casserole dishes)
Seems like darn near everything leads to asthma now days.
Growing up in the 50's & 60's I never encountered anyone with asthma until I was in high school.
I shudder to think what might happen if some foreigner bought some "Easy Off" without a perfect knowledge of what it's supposed to be used for.
In this event, the man had just fired an illegal maid (because her bill was higher than he had expected), and she was cleaning the oven so he was obliged to finish the job.
He was rather disagreeable and even tried to write his wife of over 30 years out of ownership of the house they lived in. It almost seemed poetic justice if you know what I mean. Nevertheless it was a sudden and unexpected way to go.
It sure is a good thing that there are "experts" around.
Pine Sol is what does it for me. A few years ago, My aunt started using some at the cottage and within 5 minutes, I was outside choking my lungs out.
Quick shot of the inhaler and the magic of fresh air took care of it.