If you or a family member has asthma, minimizing potential triggers in your home is an absolute must. Limiting flare-ups and asthma attacks can make your life easier, your home more comfortable, and allow you to enjoy a higher quality of life.
Although you might not be able to eliminate every trigger all the time, primarily when allergens and other pollutants circulate beyond your control, there are steps you can take to reduce their impact. And doing so may work just as well as medication, according to research from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
There is a long list of common triggers ranging from cigarette smoke and mold to pests, and many can be reduced by taking the correct action plan. Here are some ways to reduce the risk of asthmatic flare-ups in your home.
Do an Allergy Test: If you’re not sure what’s causing flare-ups, an allergy test can help identify areas of particular concern. This information can help you target your anti-asthma action plan.
Keep Up With Pest Control: Pests like mice and cockroaches create waste that can turn into dust or release compounds into the air that can trigger an asthma attack. If your home has pests, take the appropriate action to combat them.
Take Care of Your Bedding: Your sheets and pillowcases are a haven for dust mites that can play a significant role in asthma and allergies. Wash linens weekly in warm water and use a dryer to dry them. Covering your mattress and pillows in zipped allergen-proof covers can help prevent dust mites from settling.
Purchase HEPA Filters: High-efficiency particulate air purifiers are a great way to limit airborne allergens and particulate matter that can trigger an asthma flare-up. These filters can trap tiny microscopic particles and are available for ventilation and air conditioning systems, heaters, and vacuum cleaners. Remember to clean and maintain them by washing with soap and warm water.
Prevent Mold: Prevent mold by keeping your kitchen, bathroom, and basement clean and well ventilated. Do your best to keep these rooms from becoming too damp and humid.
There’s no cure for asthma, but you can create an environment that limits its effect on your life. Try these tips, and you may be able to breathe a little easier.
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