A recent study published by the Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine shows that the absence of prevention habits during both domestic and industrial clean-up days can have an impact on people's lives.
The increasing decline in lung function in women working in cleaning is comparable to smoking 20 cigarettes a day," the study findings report.
The study conducted at the University of Bergen in Norway shows that the pulmonary system is beginning to have problems in its normal development due to the presence of chemical particles that cause irritation to the respiratory tract.
More than 6,200 people aged approximately 34 years in Norway underwent the study for more than 20 years. The results reflected airway conditions, the same characteristic as those seen in smokers.
The proper functioning of the lungs is determined by measuring the amount of air a person can exhale by force. "The scientists noted that the volume of air a person is capable of expiring per second has decreased by 3.6 ml per year in women who clean their homes and 3.9 in those who make their living in this way.
In summary, the air that women who clean their homes as a daily routine manage to exhale decreased 4.3 ml per year, while the air that women workers in the cleaning area exhale decreased by 7.1 ml. A figure that worries researchers.
Experts point to the irritation of the mucous membrane lining the lungs as a logical reason, which will increase in intensity if the exposure is permanent over the years.
It is essential to take action for it, but it is not that you are going to stop cleaning. Just do it the right way. "These chemicals are usually unnecessary. Microfiber and water fabrics are more than enough for most cleaning, "explained Øistein Svanes, author of the study, to the British newspaper The Independent.
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