Latest News – Risk Of Lung Disease Elevates with Household Products

Risk Of Lung Disease

The CDC[1] reports that 15.7 million Americans or 6.4% of the population have been diagnosed with the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

The COPD is a term that refers to a group of diseases causing airflow blockage and breathing-related problems. Moreover, COPD was the third leading cause of death in the US in 2014.

Bearing in mind that more than 50% of adults aren’t even aware they have COPD the number of disease and death cases could be even higher.

Numerous factors can increase* the risk of chronic lung diseases, and the latest study discovered a common household product has a major impact on your likelihood of developing these health conditions too.

What Household Product Increases* Lung Disease Risk?

Even though smoking is the greatest threat to your lung & heart, many other factors increase* the risk of various pulmonary diseases too. For example, exposure to air pollutants at the workplace and in your home is major risk factors for COPD.

A team of scientists from France carried out a study where they focused on common products all of us use – household disinfectants. Their goal was to evaluate the effect of these products on the risk of COPD.

In order to get their answers, scientists analyzed data[2] from more than 55,000 nurses who were a part of Nurses’ Health Study II (NHS II), one of the largest studies ever carried out to investigate chronic diseases in women.

The research team selected working nurses without a history of COPD. Participants were asked to complete a questionnaire whose purpose was to assess their exposure to disinfectants.

Speaking of disinfectants, researchers also evaluated glutaraldehyde, used for disinfection of medical instruments and found in bleach, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide.

Findings from this research were presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress 2017 in Milan, Italy.

Results showed that 37% of nurses used disinfectants for cleaning of surfaces each week while 19% of them used these products to clean instruments on a weekly basis.

During the eight-year course of the study, 663 nurses developed COPD. After adjusting for different parameters, scientists discovered[3] that nurses who regularly used disinfectants to clean purposes had 22% higher risk of developing some chronic lung disease.

What’s more, the risk of developing some lung disease increased up to 32% depending on the frequency and type of products that nurses used.

Some disinfectants, such as bleach, are used in every household and we aren’t even aware of all the risks they carry. These findings only add to the growing body of evidence confirming that exposure to disinfectants can cause respiratory problems.

Scientists emphasize the importance of further research on this topic in order to investigate the relationship between COPD and disinfectants into a greater detail.

Impact of Copd

COPD Facts

  • People with COPD are at a higher risk of developing lung cancer, heart disease, and many other health conditions
  • Chronic bronchitis and emphysema are the two most common conditions that lead to COPD
  • The main cause of COPD in developed countries is smoking, but in developing countries, it primarily occurs due to long-term exposure to fumes from burning fuel for cooking and heating in poorly ventilated homes
  • COPD develops slowly as you age and most people are at least 40 years old when start experiencing symptoms
  • Symptoms of COPD include shortness of breath, wheezing, chest tightness, swelling in ankles, feet, or legs, lack of energy, frequent respiratory infections, blue lips or fingernail beds, unintended weight loss*


Millions of Americans have COPD, which increases* the risk of heart disease, lung cancer, and other conditions. Scientists from France discovered that exposure to disinfectants like bleach increase* one’s likelihood of developing this chronic lung disease.

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Contributor : Dr. Ahmed Zayed (Consumer Health Digest)

Dr. Ahmed Zayed Helmy holds a baccalaureate of Medicine and Surgery. He has completed his degree in 2011 at the University of Alexandria, Egypt. Dr. Ahmed believes in providing knowledgeable information to readers. Other than his passion for writing, currently he is working as a Plastic surgeon and is doing his masters at Ain shams University.

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