How to Minimize Asthma Triggers

  • Air out damp, humid areas frequently. Run a dehumidifier to keep humidity between 25% and 50%.
  • Use air conditioners when possible.
  • Clean bathrooms regularly, using products that kill and prevent mold.
  • Use exhaust fans to vent steam.
  • Keep indoor plants out of bedrooms.
  • When painting, add mold inhibitor to paint to prevent mold from growing.
  • Avoid sources of outdoor molds, such as wet leaves or garden debris.
  • To clean visible mold, use a cleaning solution containing bleach and detergent.
  • Limit your outdoor activities during times of high pollen, such as early morning.
  • Stay indoors during humid or windy days when pollen counts are high.
  • Keep windows closed during pollen seasons.
  • Encase pillows and mattresses with allergen-proof, zippered covers.
  • Pillows and bedding should not contain feathers.
  • Wash all bedding in hot water, once a week.
  • Non-carpeted flooring is best. If you cannot get rid of your carpeting, vacuum often with a multi-layer, allergen-proof vacuum bag. Wear a mask while vacuuming. If your child has asthma, do not vacuum while he or she is in the room.
  • Avoid curtains and drapes. Use plain window shades instead of miniblinds. Washable curtains should be washed in hot water every 2 to 4 weeks.
  • Dust all surfaces with a damp cloth often, including lampshades and windowsills.
  • Keep clutter under control. Toys and books should be stored in enclosed bookshelves, drawers or closets.
  • Replace traditional stuffed animals with washable stuffed animals.
  • Keep all clothing in drawers and closets. Keep drawers and closets closed.
  • Cover air ducts with filters. Change these when soiled.
  • Regularly change filters of heaters and air conditioners
  • Long visits to friends and family who own pets should be avoided. If you do visit, make sure you take asthma or allergy medicines before the visit. Exposure to the pets should be kept to a minimum when visiting.
  • If you must have a cat or dog in the home, restrict its living area. It should not be allowed in your bedroom at any time. If possible, keep the pet outside.
  • Wash your pet weekly.
  • Remove as much carpeting as possible. Animal dander deposits in the carpet and stays there, even after the pet has gone from the home.
(This article originally appeared on www.practo.com, authored by Dr. Indu Bubna, https://www.practo.com/healthfeed/5-common-myths-about-asthma-13226/post)

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