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Antibacterial Cleaners Increase Molds

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • A study found that in urban homes, where the use of cleaning products is usually more prevalent than in rural homes, fungal diversity was higher
  • Fungal resistance to cleaning products and chemicals is a possible explanation for the greater amount of fungi in urban areas
  • Urban homes are warmer and typically have reduced air exchange and lower levels of natural light than rural homes, which could also explain the fungi preponderance
  • In the study, rural homes had fewer bacteria and fungi that colonize the human body and are harmful; urban living is known to increase such microbes
  • Human fungal infections are increasing, which may be explained by environmental change, more immunocompromised people and the excessive agricultural use of fungicides

A study found that in urban homes, where the use of cleaning products is usually more prevalent than in rural homes, fungal diversity was higher, not lower as might be expected. The study, "Home Chemical and Microbial Transitions Across Urbanization," was published in the journal Nature Microbiology.

Researchers investigated and compared the chemical and microbial conditions of urban and rural homes in the Amazon basin and of the people who lived in them.


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