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Cleaning your home may worsen asthma
Dr KK Aggarwal | 24 Sep 2013

Scrubbing the kitchen floor or doing other cleaning chores around the home may trigger asthma said Padma Shri and Dr B C Roy National Awardee Dr. K K Aggarwal, President, Heart Care Foundation of India and MTNL Perfect Health Mela.

Scrubbing the kitchen floor or doing other cleaning chores around the home may trigger asthma said Padma Shri and Dr B C Roy National Awardee Dr. K K Aggarwal, President, Heart Care Foundation of India and MTNL Perfect Health Mela.

Both cleaning and cleaning agent exposures are major risks for asthma and asthma exacerbations. In a 12-week study, Bernstein and colleagues from the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine compared the health effects of household cleaning among 25 asthmatic and 19 non-asthmatic women who reported that they are the primary cleaners in their homes.

After cleaning, they observed a statistically significant increase in the number of respiratory symptoms in asthmatic women compared with non-asthmatic women. Doctors should caution women with asthma about the potential respiratory health effects of cleaning activities and exposure to cleaning agents.