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article imageTop ten asthma triggers in the home

By Tim Sandle     May 5, 2016 in Health
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America have put forward the top ten triggers for asthma in the home. The information is useful for asthma sufferers or their carers for minimizing the impact.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has issued the guidance because May has been declared the U.S. National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. This is the time of the year, bridging spring into summertime, when wheezing and sneezing becomes more prevalent.
The outdoor environment is outside of the sphere of influence; however, measures can be taken to lower impact upon asthma sufferers within the home. According to Robin Wilson, who represents the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, and who has written a book ‘Clean Design: Wellness for Your Lifestyle’, the key issues are:
Tobacco smoke. Here Wilson advises not to let any person smoke indoors. Second hand smoke can cause swelling and mucus production in the airways of the lungs.
Pet Dander. Pets should be kept out of bedrooms and off upholstered furniture.
A touching moment with a dog.
A touching moment with a dog.
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Fungi. Fungi (mould) can trigger ill health effects. It is important to minimize opportunities for fungi to disperse or grow. This can be aided with a lower humidity and increasing ventilation.
Pollen. The main trigger for asthma is pollen. Risks can be lowered by not drying clothes on outdoor clothesline and bathing before going to bed to rinse pollen off the body.
Dust. Dust will always be present in homes but it can be minimized by regular wiping.
Clothing. Chemicals use to dry clean clothes can trigger allergic reactions.
Cleaning supplies. Household cleaning products should be secured to prevent fumes from leaking out.
Vermin. Cockroaches and mice can leave behind droppings that can cause an allergic response.
Odors. Commonly used chemicals, associated with soaps, shampoos, perfumes, lotions, deodorant and even nail polish can affect those with asthma.
Wood smoke. Fireplaces can be homely, but burning wood can also affect those with allergy sensitivities.
These tips provide some basics. Those with asthma should have regular medical check-ups and seek the advice of a qualified medical professional where symptoms are serious.
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