According to a new study, fumes from cleaning products can make the asthma symptoms worse. For women, products like: bleachers, detergents and glass cleaner triggered asthma symptoms. Because of them, women had reduced lung function until the next morning. In some cases their state got worse.
After this study, the team wrote to the Occupational and Environmental Medicine. They suggest that workspace must be healthier and safer. Also the exposure to irritant chemicals, especially in people who suffer from asthma, must be reduced or even better, eliminated.
David Vizcaya, from the University of Montreal Hospital Research Center, said that all people use cleaning products in offices, hospitals, factories and other workspaces. In order to clean a workspace, you will have to hire a professional cleaning service. This study also confirmed the results of several, previous studies. All of the found a link between cleaning products and asthma.
The team from the University of Montreal and Vizcaya, monitored the respiratory symptoms in 21 women for 2 weeks. 8 of them had asthma symptoms several years and others had just within the last year. Those women were professional cleaners from Barcelona, Spain.
During the test, the women recorded how they used cleaning products and which types of them they used. That list included 14 products. Women used 2 different types of products, each day, and 3 out of 4 days they used hydrochloric acid, bleach or ammonia. 17 women had at least one symptom (scratchy throat, sneezing and runny nose). 18 of them experienced chest pain, wheezing or coughing.
People who suffer from asthma should avoid jobs, where they can get in touch with chemicals that can trigger asthma symptoms.