Formaldehyde is a colourless gas, that is used in countless building materials and household products, from particle board and carpets to dishwashing detergent and shampoo. In high concentrations it is pungent, in low concentrations odourless.
If you have any of the symptopms below, or you moved into a newly built home, have a test done to establish your exposure. We will then be able to make recommendations to reduce your exposure.
The following is from the SA Health website.
Formaldehyde is water soluble and rapidly metabolised in the body when you breathe, drink or eat it. Very small amounts may also be absorbed through your skin. Health effects caused by exposure primarily involve the body organs that first come into contact with formaldehyde for instance eyes, lungs, mouth, and skin.
Lower level exposure:
Formaldehyde, at levels commonly present in consumer goods, can be irritating to the eyes, nose, throat and the lungs. These sensory irritations are commonly described as itchy, sore or burning sensations. At concentrations higher than those associated with sensory irritation, formaldehyde may contribute to small, reversible effects on lung function.
Some people are more sensitive to formaldehyde effects than others. For the general population, skin exposure to formaldehyde solutions with concentrations of around 1 to 2% is likely to irritate skin. However, hypersensitive people can develop contact dermatitis after exposure to concentrations of formaldehyde as low as 0.003%.