There are dangers that must be avoided at home: here are which ones

There are Chemical dangers to avoid at home, which could put in danger our health

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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There are dangers that must be avoided at home: here are which ones

There are Chemical dangers to avoid at home, which could put in danger our health. For example, volatile organic compounds contain carbon and evaporate in the air, reacting with sunlight and polluting the air. These products can cause eye, nose and throat irritation but also cancer, liver damage, kidney and nervous system damage.

Fluorinated chemicals are used for furniture, paints, floors and fast food containers. They appear to cause thyroid problems, damage to the immune and reproductive systems, high cholesterol and hypertension. Polyfluoroalkyl substances are used for clothes and carpets: they accumulate in the body over time and can lead to cancer, heart disease and damage to the immune system.

Bisphenol-A (BPA) and Bisphenol-S (BPS) are found in plastic and can cause obesity and tumors. Formaldehyde, used for building materials, fabrics, pesticides, cosmetics and household items, is a carcinogenic material and suspected of gastrointestinal, immune, nervous, reproductive, respiratory and skin toxicity.

DEHP, a liquid plasticizer used in hydraulic fluids and plastics can penetrate food and water through can cause damage to the reproductive organs, lungs, kidneys, liver and fetuses. Phthalates are for beauty and skin care products.

They can also cause liver and kidney injury, lead to an increased risk of some cancers and exacerbate asthma and allergies in some children. In short, it is a list of products with which we often find ourselves every day even in domestic environments.

The general rule says that we should look at all the substances contained in the products to avoid endangering our health. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers are used in electronics, plastics, textiles and building materials, and have been associated with tumors, brain development retardation and thyroid problems.

In many shampoos and detergents there are parabens: it seems they could be causes of cancer but there are still many studies on this. Another threat is loosely asbestos, although its disposal is progressive in many parts of the globe.

It is found in some construction materials for houses, especially used for roofs or floors. It can lead to cancer. Many insecticides are also dangerous: Benzyl benzoate appears to be a neurotoxin