Asthma is a serious health condition of the lungs. When a person is having an asthma attack the airways get narrower than normal making it hard to breathe. The symptoms of an asthma attack include shortness of breath, coughing, and wheezing. In more severe cases asthma can cause death.
There are over 17 million Americans that suffer with asthma. Asthma is also the number one cause of long-term illness in children. It is very important that the air in your home remains clear of pollutants and allergens as they may trigger an asthma attack.
Every home has dust mites however they are too small to be seen by the human eye. Dust mites live and thrive in pillows, mattresses, carpets, bed covers, clothing clothed covered furniture, and even stuffed toys. Be sure to launder bed covers and sheets on a regular basis with hot water. If you have stuffed toys in your home purchase washable stuff toys, and wash them with hot water and make sure they are thoroughly dried before children play with them. Also it is best to keep stuff twice off of beds.
Your pets urine, other waste, saliva, skin flakes, their hair also can trigger asthma. If need be keep your pets outdoors, or if the problem becomes more severe you may consider choosing a new home for your pets. Keep your pets out of your bedroom and away from other sleeping areas, and also keep the doors closed in the bedroom and sleeping areas.
Second Hand Smoke
This is a big one. Asthma can easily be triggered from cigarette smoke, cigar, or pipe smoke from a smoker. It is best not to smoke in your home or your car and not to let other people smoke either in your home.
Mold survives on damp moist materials. The best way to get rid of mold is to get rid of moisture. If you have mold in your home, clean up the mold and disinfect the area. If you have mold in ceiling tiles or carpet these items will need to be replaced. If you have leaky plumbing in your house you need to get it repaired. Condensate drip pans located in your air conditioning coil, underneath your refrigerator, and dehumidifier need to be clean and dry. When showering, cooking, and when using your dishwasher, it is best to use an exhaust fans or open windows at time of use. Always vent clothes dryers to the outside.
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