Could Your Seemingly Safe Job Be Putting You At Risk of COPD?

by | Jan 2, 2018 | Uncategorized

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute shares that there are three main risk factors of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): smoking, having a family history of COPD, and environmental toxins.

It is the last one—environmental toxins—that one French researcher says places people in certain jobs at a greater risk of developing this condition.

Job Position and COPD Risk

During a recent press conference, Dr. Orianne Dumas from the French Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) revealed that, after analyzing data, it appears that nurses have a 22 percent increased risk of being diagnosed with COPD within eight years.

This was determined after studying nurses working within U.S. hospitals and questioning their level of exposure to disinfectants commonly found in medical settings.

The specific disinfectants were bleach, hydrogen peroxide, and quaternary ammonia (quats).

Based on these findings, it only makes sense that other jobs with high levels of exposure to these same cleaners could be at increased risk as well.

This includes people working for companies that provide professional cleaning services for homes and businesses, housekeeping jobs, and custodian positions.

What can you do if you work in a job or career that helps create a more sterile environment?

Protecting Yourself from Work-Related Cleansers

Fortunately, you don’t have to quit your job in order to save your lungs. In fact, there are a few different things you can do to better protect yourself from the cleansers you use most often.

One of the most basic options is to wear a mask while cleaning so the fumes don’t have the opportunity to enter your lungs.

If your employer doesn’t provide these for you, you can purchase them in many home improvement stores, as well as online via sites like Amazon.

Another alternative is to simply ensure that the area you’re working in is well ventilated. If possible, open the windows and let some fresh air in while letting some of the toxins escape.

Additionally, when you’re in areas where there are minimal cleaning fumes, take some deep breaths. This helps to clear your lungs.

If you or a loved one suffers from a chronic disease like COPD, emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis or other symptoms of lung disease, the Lung Health Institute offers a variety of cellular treatment options.

Contact us today at 888-745-6697 or fill out the form to see if you qualify for cellular therapy, and find out what cellular therapy could mean for you.

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