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What Are the Common Lung Irritants Found at Home?

What are the Common Lung Irritants Found at Home?

Key Takeaways

  • One of the most common causes of irritants around the house is the heating and cooling system. 
  • Carpets and rugs also are culprits in spreading dust and dirt.
  • Many household cleaning products that contain bleach and ammonia can also irritate the respiratory system.

Traffic exhaust or second hand smoke are sure to trigger a number of lung issues, particularly if you are susceptible to respiratory disorders. However, there are a number of very common, yet hidden, triggers in one's household that can lead to symptoms of asthma and other respiratory ailments.

There are several different lung irritants:

  • One of the most common causes of irritants around the house is the heating and cooling system. Both of these systems are very important sources of allergens and dust that is spread throughout the house. Keeping the systems clean will help to avoid the spread of irritants.
  • Carpets and rugs also are culprits in spreading dust and dirt. The dust and dirt accumulated in and on carpets and rugs often remain invisible, but still cause the symptoms. If any family members are susceptible to respiratory disorders it would be better to avoid rugs and opt for a wooden floor instead.
  • Many household cleaning products that contain bleach and ammonia can also irritate the respiratory system. Fumes of these products may be irritating and cause many symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Opt for ‘green’ products to avoid irritating fumes. Remember to keep the bottles tightly capped while storing.
  • Dry-cleaned products irritate many people, particularly because of the chemicals used in the process. To avoid irritation with these, it would be better to hang the clothes out in the air before storing them back in the closet.
  • Wood fires may spread soot, particulate matter, and many fumes, which may also irritate the airways. This is similar to smoking.
  • Presence of dampness and moisture at different parts of the house may be the right place for rearing bacteria and mold. Clean water spills and ensures good ventilation in all bathrooms and kitchens. Remember to replace the sponges often. Try to keep the humidity levels below 40% for a healthier environment.
  • Keep pets groomed and washed to avoid irritants, like dirt and dander.
  • Many toiletries also are known to cause irritation of the airways and one should be careful while choosing these products to avoid the symptoms. Avoid scented soaps and deodorants that may irritate the system, and try to use unscented products.