Research reveals that women who use cleaning products are more likely to have asthma

New research published today [Friday 16 February 2018] in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine reveals that women who clean at home or work are more likely to have asthma and have long-term lung damage.

Responding to the research, Dr Samantha Walker, Director of Policy and Research at Asthma UK says:

"Cleaning products can be toxic for people with asthma as they often contain chemical compounds that can inflame the airways, leaving people prone to an asthma attack.

" It is deeply concerning that this study shows cleaning products can cause long-term lung damage for people with asthma.

"At Asthma UK we'd advise people with the condition who do a lot of cleaning to speak to their GP or nurse about what they can realistically do to reduce the risk of having an asthma attack. 

"This could include using solid or liquid cleaning products instead of sprays, avoiding scented products and ensuring the area where they clean is well-ventilated. For more information visit"


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