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Study: Air Fresheners Can Cause Lung, Breathing Problems

6:46 PM, Nov 9, 2011   |    comments
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Millions of people use air freshener sprays to make their homes smell nice. However, a new study from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology finds these spray fragrances might be making you sick.

According to Time Magazine, the sprays contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that contain chemicals including formaldehyde, petroleum distillates and alcohols. The article finds that those chemicals can increase a child's risk of asthma.

Dr. Mark Dykewicz is a professor and Director of Allergy and Immunology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. He says the new data shows air fresheners can release more than 20 different chemicals into a home and can cause indoor air pollution. He says anything from cleaning materials, cooking and smoking can lead to indoor air pollution.

Dr. Dykewicz says it probably is not deadly, but air fresheners can cause asthma and breathing difficulty. Scented candles can also cause pollution problems in your home.

Dr. Dykewicz recommends minimizing strongly scented materials and ventilating your home to prevent indoor air pollution.

WFMY News 2/Time Magazine

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