Formaldehyde is a colourless, strongsmelling gas and it is used to make building materials and household products. It is a known carcinogen. Carcinogen is a substance that causes cancer or helps cancer grow. The formaldehyde smell is present in new or renovated house/office, in cabinets, cupboards, wardrobes, etc. It is also a component of tobacco smoke and both smokers and those breathing secondhand smoke are exposed to higher levels of formaldehyde.
What are the risks being exposed to formaldehyde?
The effects of exposure to formaldehyde are not immediate but it starts accumulating in our body, which over time may cause serious health problems, such as cancer or fertility disorders. Symptoms of exposure to formaldehyde includes watery/red eyes, coughing, wheezing, nausea, skin irritation, etc.
Groups of people who are at high risks of exposure to formaldehyde:
◆ Pregnant ladies
◆ People with asthma, bronchitis,
or other breathing conditions
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