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Being exposed to certain types of surface materials at work appears to increase adults' risk of developing asthma, a new study by the American Journal of Epidemiology shows, according to Reuters.

While studies have linked certain materials, pollutants, and even renovations to asthma in children, the study’s researchers said there have been no reports on how such exposure might affect adults' asthma risk.

The study included 521 adults newly diagnosed with asthma over a 2.5-year period and a control group of 932 adults without asthma. The participants were surveyed about the materials they were exposed to at home and at work as well as whether they had renovated their homes over the past year.

Exposure to plastic wall coverings on the job increased asthma risk 2.43-fold while people who worked in offices with wall-to-wall carpeting were 1.73 times more likely to have developed asthma. When mold problems and wall-to-wall carpeting were present at a person's workplace, the risk of developing asthma more than quadrupled.

"Our study provides new evidence that both plastic and textile surface materials in workplace indoor environments may play a role in the causation of asthma in adulthood," the researchers conclude.

Source: American Journal of Epidemiology