Survey: Cleaning Product Use Affecting Asthma More During COVID-19 Measures

Those with asthma are experiencing less asthma control related to an increase in using household disinfectants — known asthma triggers — because of COVID-19, according to a survey co-conducted by University of Illinois Chicago researchers.


Results of the survey, co-led by Kamal Eldeirawi, an associate professor at UIC’s College of Nursing, are published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice.

“We became concerned with increased cleaning and disinfecting related to the COVID-19 pandemic, combined with people spending more time indoors may expose people with asthma to more environmental triggers for asthma symptoms,” Eldeirawi said. “This prompted our interest in studying the impact of disinfectants and asthma control among those living with asthma.

Cleaning products are considered respiratory irritants that cause inflammation and bronchial hyperresponsiveness, Eldeirawi explained.

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