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Indoor Air Quality and Asthma

Posted by John on November 2nd, 2008

If you have asthma, you should be familiar with all of your asthma triggers so that you can avoid them. Get tested for allergies if you haven’t already. Most asthmatics are sensitive to at least one common household allergen.

Indoor air quality is a major concern for people with asthma. If you can manage to avoid inhaling the particles that make you sick, then you’ll feel better.

Here’s a list of common indoor asthma triggers and how to avoid them:

air cleanersPollen – Pollen grains can remain suspended in the air for hours at a time. Use an air cleaner to get rid of them.

Dust Mites – Millions of dust mites may live in your bed. Reduce their populations with allergy bedding and HEPA vacuum cleaners. Air purifiers also help to eliminate dust mite allergen.

Mold – Clean up any spills immediately to prevent mold growth. Also, keep your relative humidity below 50%. High humidity leads to mold growth. You can lower your indoor humidity with a dehumidifier.

Pet Dander – Keep pets out of bedrooms and bathe them regularly to reduce dander. HEPA air purifiers and vacuums will filter dander from the air.

Smoke – Tobacco smoke and wood smoke are strong asthma triggers. You can eliminate these triggers with specially designed air purifiers for smoke.

Cleaning Products – Cleaning products often contain harsh, irritating chemicals. Replace them with natural cleaning products. The vapor steam cleaner, for example, uses only water and steam to kill germs.

Fragrances – Avoid products with artificial fragrances. (Many of these products actually interfere with your sense of smell instead of cleaning the air.) Use odor control air purifiers to safely eliminate odors. If you like a fragrant home, use naturally scented fragrances.

Avoid the above indoor asthma triggers to breathe better and live more comfortably!

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