Household cleaners could trigger asthma symptoms in some

January 29, 2009 2:14:13 PM PST
Cleaning your home could worsen an asthma problem. A study in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology finds scrubbing the kitchen floor or doing other cleaning chores around the home may trigger a spike in breathing problems in women with asthma.

In the study, researchers observed a statistically significant increase in the number of respiratory symptoms in asthmatic women compared with non-asthmatics.

Authors say doctors should caution women with asthma about the potential respiratory health effects of cleaning activities and exposure to cleaning agents.