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Chemical irritants inside the home include:

  • air fresheners
  • cleaners
  • cosmetics (especially nail polish and perfumes)
  • paints
  • scented candles

Exposure to these chemicals can persist long after the chemical is used.

Health Effects

Chemical irritants can trigger asthma symptoms in sensitive individuals.  In addition, even in non-asthmatic individuals, breathing in these kinds of chemicals is unhealthy. Any steps you take to reduce the amount of chemical irritants in your home will make your home healthier.


Printable Resources

UNC CEHS Environmental Asthma Triggers: Indoor Air Quality