204 - Could Your Home Be Making You Wheeze & Sneeze?
The prevalence of asthma and allergies has increased rapidly over the past few decades. In this week’s episode, we explore the potential connections between these respiratory conditions and the synthetic fragrance chemicals found in countless scented products we use every day.
We’ll unpack recent research linking fragrance exposure to increased risk of asthma, wheezing, coughing, and sinus irritation. Discover which ingredients like phthalates and synthetic musks may be most hazardous when inhaled. We’ll also discuss findings on how products like air fresheners and scented candles release lung-irritating compounds when used indoors.
We’ll talk about practical steps you can take to avoid synthetic fragrance ingredients without sacrificing a pleasant-smelling home. This includes answering a question from a listener concerned about scented candles but looking for healthier alternatives that are kinder on the lungs.
Learn more about the connections between the scents we inhale each day and the impacts on our breathing health. Follow the links below for references from studies discussed in this episode.
Let us know your thoughts on this topic by emailing [email protected] or using the hashtag #fragrancefreechallenge on social media.
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