While exercising at the gym, have you ever been beside someone kind enough to clean his machine with a disinfecting spray after using it?  I have!  And I remember inhaling the product while I was running and gasping for air.

These substances irritate the airways.  As a result, the airways contract and restrict air flowing into the lungs, which causes breathlessness and chest tightness.

According to some European researchers, the use of spray products around us could increase the risk of developing asthmatic symptoms.  There is a long list of “triggers” that includes pollen, animal hair, mites, smoke and air pollutants, and, from now on, we can add spray cleaners to this list.

And your children…  Some studies show a correlation between spray cleaners and asthma.  Allergy specialists believe that children who develop wheezing after being exposed to spray cleaners are more likely to develop asthma as they get older.

For the past 10 years, the use of all kinds of cleaning products skyrocketed.  We are more and more encouraged to clean, sterilize and disinfect.  Therefore, even though it is not exclusively related to the use of cleaning products, the incidence of asthma has also increased.

It is interesting to note this association.  What could we do to turn this trend around?  Wipes provide an alternative to sprays.  Moreover, you can use a pouring spout allowing you to wet the surface or moisten a cloth and apply the cleaning product.  And if the spray is the only alternative, do not forget to ensure a sufficient supply of fresh air in the room or wear a mask.

Your lungs will thank you!

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/health/thepulse/stories/2007/11/01/2078330.htm