Things you might not realize are hurting your lungs

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Cockroaches - Cockroaches are tough creatures that can get into your house in a number of ways, including through the walls and plumbing.

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Cockroaches - But these insects are not just repulsive–cockroaches actually contain an allergen that can cause asthma.

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Birds - Birds can harm your lungs in two ways. One of them is through avian antigens in their droppings.

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Birds - The second one is by exposure to the waxy proteins found in the feathers of some birds.

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Birds - Being exposed to these allergens may cause you to develop bird fancier's lung (BFL), which is a type of hypersensitivity pneumonitis.

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Flour - Yes, flour can hurt your lungs. Flour dust in particular, which is a hazardous substance, can cause a condition known as baker's asthma.

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Flour - This occupational disease is associated with exposure to wheat flour. Ingesting it regularly can cause an allergic reaction. 

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Fireworks - The vibrant colors you see in firework displays are actually made by toxic metal salts.

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Fireworks - As for the characteristic smell, it’s created by volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are also not good for your lungs.

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Gas appliances - Yes, your stove may be hurting your lungs. The combustion causes nitrogen dioxide and nitric oxide to be released.

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Gas appliances - Gas cooking has in fact been linked to a higher risk of childhood-onset asthma.

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Wood-burning stoves - These look and feel amazing, but they too can hurt your lungs. Breathing wood smoke can irritate your lungs and indeed trigger asthma.

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Vaping - E-liquid contains many chemicals that can cause an inflammatory response in your lungs. These include acrolein, formaldehyde, and diacetyl, to name a few.

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Vaping - Exposure to these chemicals can lead to bronchiolitis obliterans (BO), which is also known as popcorn lung. 

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Fragrances - From perfume to home fragrance diffusers, you can be exposed to different fragrances in different ways. 

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Fragrances - Diethyl phthalate (DEP) is an example of a chemical that can irritate your lungs.

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