18 Apr '11, 4pm

Suffering from spring allergies? Your home could be to blame

Suffering from spring allergies? Your home could be to blame

There's a reason why pregnant women are discouraged from painting a room. Standard paints, especially oil-based products, contain lots of hazardous chemicals and VOCs. We've all smelled that great aroma from a newly painted room that lingers for days. As paint dries, the solvent that makes it wet and spreadable evaporates into the air, releasing those chemicals into our environment. Even after paint is dry, these chemicals linger, and if a wall is sanded, chipped or otherwise disturbed, that paint is transferred into our everyday household dust that can be breathed in with every inhalation. Potential health effects? Headaches and dizziness, for starters, all the way up to being a possible carcinogen.

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