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If you suffer from asthma, it's almost inevitable that the condition will impact your life, causing you to miss work, school, or recreational events. However, there are steps you can take to better control your asthma and minimizes its effects on your quality of life. Check out three changes you can make to your home to decrease the frequency and severity of your asthma episodes.
1. Avoid Using Scented Items In or Around Your Property
Scented items can be irritating to an individual with asthma. When this irritation occurs, the lining of your airways swells and mucus production in the airways may increase, potentially triggering a full asthma attack. Remove scented items from your home if they are known triggers for your asthma attacks. Some items you may want to remove include:
Swap these scented products with their non-scented counterparts. Make sure that you eradicate the outside of your home from scents as well. Some products used for mosquito control have problematic smells that can irritate the lungs. If you must store chemicals or gasoline, make sure that they are stored properly so that the fumes do not escape.
2. Minimize the Presence of Allergens
If you suffer from allergies, a flare-up of your allergies can increase the severity of your asthma symptoms. Check that you have removed or minimized any allergens in and around your home. Make sure that your home receives regular deep cleanings that focus on upholstered or carpeted area. If possible, swap your carpet for floors with a hard surface.
See that your windows and doors are free of drafts; this will help prevent the entry of common allergens, like pollen and mold spores. Patients who are allergic to animal dander generally avoid owning pets; however, it's possible that animals outside of your home can irritate your allergies.
Take steps to prevent neighborhood pets and wildlife from entering your yard. If you own upholstered outdoor furniture that your neighbors' pets may want to relax on, consider storing the cushions or covering it when it is not use.
3. Forbid Smoking on Your Property
Individuals who have asthma should avoid smoking and being around those who smoke. Ask other family members and visitors to your home to avoid smoking, even if they step outside to do so. The smoke will eventually travel back inside your home. Secondhand smoke can irritate your respiratory system and cause it to be oversensitive to potential irritants.
Contact an asthma care service for more help.Share
13 February 2019