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Q. What are the toxic substances we handle every day? How do they affect our health?

Answered by
Dr. Mashfika N Alam
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Oct 22, 2018

Hi doctor,

Please explain about the things that are toxic to humans in their day to day life. How do they affect the health? Please advise.

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Detergents contain hazardous chemicals that irritate the skin and cause eczema. Some individuals who are prone to allergy, also get contact dermatitis. They also cause damage to the mucosal lining of the gastrointestinal tract when they are ingested. Detergents contain phenol. The skin absorbs them quickly, and they result in a renal and hepatic dysfunction for a long term. Perfumes or body sprays contain hazardous compounds. When they are inhaled, they irritate the delicate mucosal surfaces of the respiratory tract, and they result in asthma and allergic rhinitis in some individuals. Certain compounds in perfumes can also cause a headache.

Processed foods like sausages are harmful to the digestive system, and when they are ingested for an extended period, they result in colon cancer. Processed meats are said to be carcinogenic. Canned food also contain chemicals that are carcinogenic. Canned foods which are rich in fructose also cause hepatotoxicity. Foods rich in trans fat predispose to atherosclerosis. Air fresheners that contain artificial fragrance can irritate the eyes and cause inflammation. It can also cause asthma due to chronic inhalation of phthalates present in these compounds. These hazardous fumes when readily inhaled cause lung parenchymal diseases in the long term. Some may affect the reproductive functions also.


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