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What do I need to avoid to protect myself?

Risk factors related to liver disease

  • excessive alcohol
  • solvents
  • toxic alkaloids
  • pollutants
  • some dietary supplements
  • some prescription and over-the-counter drugs
  • excessive doses of acetaminophen (Tylenol) or NSAIDs like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.)

Risk factors related to lung disease

  • cigarette smoke
  • smoke
  • asbestos
  • radon gas
  • bacterial and viral agents
  • industrial smoke
  • toxic fumes
  • solvents
  • dust
  • gases

Risk factors in the home environment

  • fumes
  • aerosolized products – deodorants, hair sprays, perfumes, air fresheners, and spray disinfectants
  • powders
  • dust and dirt
  • bacteria
  • mold and mildew – found in areas that are moist, damp, and dark, especially bathrooms, kitchens, basements and garages, can also found in the soil of house plants
  • household cleaners – ammonia-based products, petroleum-based products, oven cleaners, bleach, spray furniture polish, and mildew remover sprays
  • bug sprays
  • fireplace smoke
  • asbestos
  • radon gas

Risk factors in the work environment

  • ammonia
  • asbestos
  • phosgene
  • carbon monoxide
  • carbon tetrachloride

Risk of infection

  • people who have known respiratory illness
  • people who have contagious illnesses
  • visiting a doctor’s office or hospital
  • influenza, streptococcal pneumonia and hepatitis A and B
  • gum disease (poor oral health)

Staying Healthy – AlphaNet