Medical emergencies related to detergents have increased significantly in recent times, as everyone is cleaning their houses due to COVID-19.
One of the advice of health experts to prevent disease is to clean the house regularly. The US Environmental Protection Agency has released a list of detergents that can fight viruses, and these are quickly put on the consumer market.
Diane Calello, a medical expert, executive director of the New Jersey Poison Control Center and an associate professor of medicine at Rutgers School of New Jersey, said there are a lot of household cleaning products and people need to read the instructions writen on the package to ensure safety.
According to statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of emergency cases due to exposure to cleaning chemicals and disinfectants increased by about 20% compared to the same period last year. The cause of this situation is that people spend more time cleaning their homes due to COVID-19.
Due to this, experts have made a few notes to ensure safety when using cleaning chemicals at home.
How to use detergents safely to prevent diseases
Control the amount of detergent used
One of the biggest concerns of experts today is detergent. Despite being able to keep your home clean, this substance is extremely dangerous if not used properly.
Rick Sachleben, a medical expert and member of the American Chemical Society, explains that viruses are easily destroyed in the face of bleach. Therefore, you should only use a moderate amount, enough to clean surfaces in the house. About 1/4 cup of water is sufficient and avoid increasing to 1/2 -3/4 cups.
Do not mix the products together
The wrong thing many people make is mixing the detergent with other hygiene products. Sachleben recommends not using this product with any product, other than water and detergent.
Special precautions should also be taken to avoid mixing detergent with ammonia, a substance found in many household cleaning products used to clean windows and floors. Keep a habit of always reading the ingredients on the packaging before using multiple products at the same time. According to the US National Library of Medicine, mixing bleach with ammonia will release toxic chloramine gas, which can create acid in the lungs when you breathe it in. Chest pain, shortness of breath are the symptoms to be aware of and you should take people who inhale the poison to go to emergency as soon as possible.
CDC recommends that everyone wear gloves when handling any detergent. This is especially important to protect your hands, especially before mixing this substance with water. Debra Jaliman, a medical expert and dermatologist in New York City, pointed out that some hygienic products can irritate the skin. Therefore, keep the habit of wearing gloves when you clean to protect yourself from skin problems such as hives, rashes or other irritation symptoms.
Use detergents in a well-ventilated area
Airy areas are great places to use detergents. According to Sachleben, this substance can lead to respiratory irritation in humans if they do not know how to use it safely.
Therefore, when you feel a sore throat or sore eyes while cleaning with detergent, try to clear the space around. In serious cases, don’t hesitate to call the experts for help. Other symptoms people should keep in mind when cleaning your home with bleach include cough, shortness of breath, wheezing and chest tightness.
See a doctor as soon as you notice any abnormal signs
According to the New York Poison Control Center, people should not hesitate to call medical facilities if they notice abnormal symptoms after cleaning with detergent. Specialists can help you find the cause and offer the most appropriate treatment.
In severe cases, if you or someone else inhales, swallows something toxic, leading to signs such as difficulty breathing, seizures or unconsciousness, seek emergency medical attention immediately.