Can Air Freshener Causes Asthma?

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We do have scented candles at home, air fresheners in the car, bedroom and house anywhere and we often used it regularly without knowing the common side effects it will bring to our system. I found out that using this plug-in deodorizers can causes allergies and even asthma. In a recent study conducted by Emory University in Atlanta, people who are exposed in certain chemicals of these diffusers are at risk of developing asthma and other health problems.

"Many scented air freshener products contain harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) like formaldehyde, petroleum distillates, benzene and limonene, which are known to trigger asthma and other respiratory symptoms, as well as eye irritation, bone damage and leukemia. They also contain various other toxic ingredients like benzyl alcohol, camphor and others. Even some scented products labeled "natural" contain harmful ingredients like phthalates that can build up in the liver and fatty tissue over time. Phthalate exposure is linked to low sperm counts and reproductive damage."

The problem is we are using this kind of product without knowing the effect it will bring to us. Nowadays, people are becoming exposed to highly chemical products and a number of cancer cases are climbing up, sad to say.
 

mika

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I used to have asthma before and sometimes still have minor asthma attacks. I never like the smell of car fresheners and some other product with scents so I do not have such products. I even avoid perfumes since it might trigger my asthma too. It is better to avoid such products specially if they are not that necessary.
 

kat74

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I'm allergic to many smells and some fresheners cause me to react and start sneezing. I think the smell can trigger a reaction causing one to start coughing or not being able to breath.
 

soccerbai123

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I am not so sure with other people but for me, air freshener is a factor of my allergic rhenitis. Everytime there is an air freshener on the car, my nose gets really stuffy and then I sneeze all the time.
 

dsb3447

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That is weird. I think we should replace aerosol cans. They cause too many problems. First they were depleting the ozone and now this. I do use the cans and have asthma. I guess I won't be using them anymore. Thanks for the post.
 

karmaman

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I cough really badly and even lose my breath when I am around air fresheners or someone with too much perfume on. I've walked through the grocery store before and had a terrible coughing fit because some lady walked past wearing a whole bottle of perfume.