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Air Fresheners and Asthma

Air Fresheners and Asthma

If you by unfortunately suffer from respiratory problems such as asthma, the first step to freedom from it is to do away with any air fresheners you may have at home. Why? Well, most air fresheners don’t really remove bad odour but actually cover it up with things known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

The most common VOCs found in air fresheners include:

  • Alcohols
  • Esters
  • Formaldehyde (which is also a human carcinogen)
  • Limonene
  • Petroleum distillates
All these chemicals can cause irritation to the human respiratory system and can even trigger asthma attacks. This makes it very dangerous if used a lot. The chemicals in some of these products can trigger the nasal congestion, sneezing and the runny nose, and aggravate asthma and allergy symptoms. Also, in high concentrations they’ll cause:
  • Eye and respiratory tract irritation
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Memory impairment
Many common air fresheners were also found to contain chemicals called phthalates. Exposure to these chemicals in indoor environments aggravates asthma and allergic symptoms. This means a big NO to chemical air fresheners. A simple alternative is to just open the doors and let clean air in. But if even that doesn't work, try a natural Air Freshener like Nature Spray. It has zero chemicals in and is composed of only herbal components. This alternative is a boon for people with respiratory problems. But remember, do check the contents of the product to see if you are allergic to any of the natural components of the concoction so you can steer clear of any and all allergens.