Safe Use Of Air Fresheners When Pregnant?
Good afternoon, r nI want to ask, is it safe to use air freshener (ex.stella hanging on a fan / AC) while pregnant? R n
Air fresheners contain volatile compounds (evaporate) and artificial chemicals such as benzyl acetate, formaldehyde, citronellol, butane, phenol, and so on. When used in a closed room without proper ventilation, these vaporized substances will accumulate in the room. Excess amounts when inhaled can irritate the nose and airways, causing symptoms of poisoning from a mild start such as headaches, diarrhea, vomiting. Severe poisoning can cause seizures to lose consciousness.
Some chemicals have teratogenic effects (disrupt development, become abnormal) on the fetus. However, to be able to cause disability in babies requires high levels and a long exposure continuously. Some substances in fragrances can also increase the risk of asthma in future children if they are used frequently and continuously.
You don't need to worry too much and avoid all of these ingredients. When used in a reasonable amount with good room ventilation, the substances from these fragrances will quickly evaporate and be wasted into the outside air. You must continue to be diligent in pregnancy control to the nearest health facility or obstetrician. Get treatment immediately if there are signs of poisoning as mentioned above.
As much as possible, avoid artificial air fresheners when not needed, replace them with fragrances such as coffee, flowers, tea, or aromatherapy from other organic materials. Thus the explanation from me, may be useful.