PEHSU Factsheet: Formaldehyde > Health Effects Associated with Formaldehyde Exposure
posted on Aug 26, 2021
- Very low levels of formaldehyde, as seen with off-gassing from certain building materials or new furnishings made with pressed wood, can irritate and burn the eyes, nose, throat, and skin.
- Those with asthma may have exacerbation of symptoms when exposed to formaldehyde.
- High levels of formaldehyde, as seen in certain occupational settings where adolescent or young adult workers may be exposed, can cause airway inflammation and irritation after exposures of days to weeks.
- In females, exposure may be associated with menstrual disorders.
- Formaldehyde has been identified as a probable human carcinogen based on studies of workplace exposure. Long-term exposure to formaldehyde can elevate the risk of getting cancer.