HOUSEHOLDS. Health Issues. ASTHMA Statistics.
2. The prevalence of asthma increased 75% from 1980-1994.
2. Asthma is the most common serious chronic disease of childhood.
3. An average of one out of every 13 school-aged children has asthma.
4. Asthma is the third-ranking cause of hospitalization among children under 15.
2. African Americans have highest asthma rates of any racial/ethnic group. Compared to Caucasians.
2. Carcinogenic and toxic exposures sustained early in life including prenatal exposures appear more likely to lead to disease than similar exposures encountered later.
3. Faster metabolisms in children speed up their absorption of contaminants.
4. Babies don’t excrete contaminants or store them away in fat in the same ways that adults do, making the poisons more available to affect rapidly growing bodies.
5. Children exposed in the womb are at greatest risk of all.
2. Environmental exposures early in life, including the womb, may influence the development of wheezing and asthma.
3. Strong links have been found between the use of domestic and industrial cleaning products and the risk of asthma.
4. Using household cleaning sprays and air fresheners as little as once a week can raise the risk of developing asthma in adults.
Many all-purpose cleaners contain neurotoxins and nasal irritants that can be absorbed through the skin or inhaled. Synthetic solvents may cause hormone disruption. Maternal exposure to toxic chemicals during pregnancy can disrupt development or even cause the death of the fetus. Effects can include birth defects, low birth weight, biological dysfunctions, or psychological or behavioral deficits that become manifest as the child grows.
- The general population is exposed to 2-butoxyethanol and 2-butoxyethanol acetate mainly by breathing air or having skin contact with liquids, particularly household cleaners, which contain these compounds.
- Butyl cellosolve is a toxic glycol ether chemical used in cleaning solutions. Material Safety Data Sheet reports potential irritation and tissue damage from inhalation, ingestion, cutaneous, and/or ocular exposure.
- People who swallowed large amounts of cleaning agents containing Butyl cellosolve experienced breathing problems, low blood pressure, low levels of hemoglobin, acidic blood, and blood in the urine.
- Low levels of formaldehyde cause irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and skin.
- People with asthma may be more sensitive to the effects of inhaled formaldehyde.
- Drinking large amounts of formaldehyde can cause severe pain, vomiting, coma, and possible death.
- In animal studies, rats developed nose cancer from formaldehyde.
- Very hazardous irritants to eyes characterized by redness, watering, itchiness and inflammation.
- Inhalation may produce severe irritation and tissue damage to eyes, mouth and respiratory tract.
- Linked to ASTHMA.
- Ingestion may cause chemical burns or mouth and esophagus, dizziness, vomiting & COMA.
- Leads to kidney and liver damage.
- Skin contact may produce pain, swelling and burns.
- Low concentrations can cause dermatitis with repeated exposure.
- High concentrations may cause redness, irritation and burns with prolonged skin contact.
- Can cause severe irritation and burns, which may result in scarring to skin and eyes.
- Can cause permanent blindness.
- Extensive acid burns may result in DEATH.
- Possible human carcinogen found in moth balls and metal polishes.
- Exposure to large amounts of napthalene may lead to hemolytic anemia.
- Napthalene may cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, blood in the urine, and a yellow color to skin.
- Mice that breathed naphthalene vapors daily for a lifetime developed lung tumors and some developed nose tumors.
- May cause reproductive, endocrine, and immune system disorders.
- Can damage lung tissues and dissolve fatty tissue surrounding nerve cells.
- Strong caustic substances that cause severe corrosive damage to eyes, skin, mouth and stomach, and can be fatal if swallowed.
- Exposure to high levels of ammonia in air may be irritating to your skin, eyes, throat, and lungs and cause coughing and burns.
- Asthma sufferers may be more sensitive to breathing ammonia than others.
- Swallowing concentrated solutions of ammonia can cause burns in your mouth, throat, and stomach. Getting ammonia into the eyes can cause burns and even blindness.
- Very corrosive and can cause severe burns in all tissues that come in contact with it.
- Odorless; thus, odor provides no warning of hazardous concentrations.
- Inhalation of sodium hydroxide is immediately irritating to the respiratory tract.
- Swelling or spasms of the larynx leading to upper-airway obstruction and asphyxia can occur after high-dose inhalation. Inflammation of the lungs and an accumulation of fluid in the lungs may also occur.
- Cancer of the esophagus has been reported 15 to 40 years after the formation of corrosion-induced strictures.
- Ingestion of solid or liquid forms of sodium hydroxide can cause spontaneous vomiting, chest and abdominal pain, and difficulty swallowing.
- Corrosive injury to the mouth, throat, esophagus, and stomach is very rapid and may result in perforation, hemorrhage, and narrowing of the gastrointestinal tract.
- Skin contact with sodium hydroxide can cause severe burns with deep ulcerations.
- Sodium hydroxide contact with the eye may produce pain and irritation, and in severe cases, clouding of the eye and blindness.
- Long-term exposure to sodium hydroxide in the air may lead to ulceration of the nasal passages and chronic skin irritation.
Some cleaners may contain sodium hydroxide (see above) or bleach that can irritate mucous membranes and cause LIVER AND KIDNEY DAMAGE.
- Toxic to lungs and mucous membranes.
- Direct skin contact with sulfamic acid is corrosive and causes irritation, dryness or burning.
- Eye contact can result in corneal damage or blindness.
- Inhalation of sulfamic acid will produce irritation to gastro-intestinal or respiratory tract with burning, sneezing or coughing.
- Severe over exposure of sulfamic acid can produce lung damage, choking, unconsciousness or death.
- Can cause severe damage to skin and eyes.
- Brief exposure to low levels of HCI vapor causes throat irritation.
- Exposure to higher levels of HCI can result in rapid breathing, narrowing of the bronchioles, blue coloring of the skin, accumulation of fluid in the lungs, and even death.
- Exposure to even higher levels of HCI can cause swelling, spasm of the throat and suffocation.
- Some people exposed to HCI may develop an inflammatory reaction called reactive airways dysfunction syndrome (RADS), a type of asthma caused by some irritating or corrosive substances.
- Swallowing HCI causes severe corrosive injury to the lips, mouth, throat, esophagus, and stomach.
- Phthalates 1,4-Dioxane
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