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Exposure to toxicity in the home is a lot more common than you might think. Toxicity is basically the ability of a chemical to damage the body’s organs for instance, liver or kidneys, nasty. Every chemical you have in your property whether it’s in food or a tool designed for use in home, contains some level of toxicity. Many health experts now believe that the chemicals found in a wide variety of goods used in the home every day, may be much more toxic than previously thought. This is why toxicity tests have become widely available. There are a number of common products which can increase the risk of toxicity and be hazardous to your health. Here are a few to look out for:- 

  • Pesticides - many household pesticides contain a wide variety of chemical forms in order to kill annoying insects. Watch out, some pesticides contain high levels of toxicity which can be particularly dangerous to children under five years old. Read the label. 
  • Chemicals in carpets - recent studies have highlighted that indoor carpeting can also have toxicity. New carpet installations often contain glues and dyes which can be harmful to your health in high concentrations due to emission of VOCs, volatile organic compounds. 
  • Lead paint - many houses built before 1978 contain lead paint. Once the paint begins to peel away it releases harmful lead particles that you can inhale. Even low concentrations can cause problems to the central nervous system, brain, blood cells and kidneys. 
  • Air fresheners and cleaning solutions - when used excessively or in small unventilated areas, air fresheners and cleaning solutions can release dangerous levels of toxicity pollutants. Not what you want when giving your home a spring clean. 
  • Cosmetics - personal cosmetics like hair sprays, shampoos, fragrances and deodorants contain chemicals called Plasticizers. Plasticizers help to bind color and fragrance while also increasing durability along with flexibility of cosmetic products. When used regularly in confined spaces in the home, you may also be at risk from toxicity.
  • Gasoline - Let's face it, most of us are aware of the risks of gasoline. We know that it is extremely toxic if ingested or inhaled so take care to limit exposure while always handling it safely.

The Toxicity Test at Home:-

There are three types of toxicity exposure:-

  • Dermal
  • Inhalation
  • Ingestion

Even small amounts of toxicity can have an impact on you or your family's health. If you are being exposed to toxicity in the home, symptoms can include:-

  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Upset stomach
  • Fever
  • Earache
  • Headache

Toxicity health problems can get worse over a period of time when the taste of chemicals hangs on to the tongue, invade the sinuses and attack the skin, sounds like a horror movie. However, it's no laughing matter when constant exposure to toxicity results in muscle pain, dizziness, body spasms or severe rashes.

Limiting exposure to toxicity levels will definitely help while buying toxic element exposure home test kits are also great idea. 

Toxicity

Toxicity in the home is an important subject as there are many things lying around the house that could harm you or your family and friends. Cleaning products, building supplies, cosmetics and medications can all be toxic if left lying around and finding out what poisons are in them and how to dispose of them properly is an important thing to do in the home. Health problems and serious accidents can occur if you are not responsible and keep a safe house. You health is in your hands! To read more about toxicity in the home and what you can do to clean things up and keep your family safe, here’s some great links and resources for you.

American Association of Poison Control Centers: www.aapcc.org

Toxic America: CNN Special News Edition: www.edition.cnn.com

Toxic Chemicals in your Home: Children’s Environmental Health Network: www.cehn.org

Environmental Protection Agency: Chemicals and Toxics: www2.epa.gov