COMMON ASTHMA TRIGGERS
Asthma is a serious condition that affects the lungs of millions of Americans. Although it isn’t known exactly what causes asthma and there is not yet a cure, the good news is that you have the ability to control your asthma if you know how to identify and avoid common asthma triggers. Here are the most common causes of asthma attacks and some ways you can help avoid them:
- Tobacco Smoke
This goes beyond the smoke that is directly inhaled, even secondhand smoke can trigger an attack, so if you have asthma you’ll want to avoid smoking and any situations where others may be smoking nearby, and even places where others have smoked recently.
- Dust Mites
Nearly every home in America has at least some of these tiny insects which can cause asthma attacks. The best way to avoid this is to create a barrier between you and the most common places dust mites live, especially your bed. You’ll also want to wash your linens often and avoid bedding products that have down lining, such as comforters or pillows, because these create an ideal habitat for dust mites. Vacuuming and picking up loose items around the house will also minimize their presence.
- Air Pollution
Especially in urban areas, people who suffer from asthma are more prone to attacks. Daily air pollution indexes can help you know when it is safest to travel to work and other places around town. Generally speaking, outdoor pollution is higher during the daytime hours when the most cars are on the road, so if you’re prone to asthma attacks, try to minimize your time outside based on your local forecasts.
These nasty little bugs have a real gift for finding loose food items and damp spots in your home or office, and the droppings they leave behind can cause serious health issues for asthma sufferers. Make sure to keep your living and working spaces swept clean to avoid leaving crumbs for cockroaches to find and eat. They are hardy creatures that can live in all kinds of environments, so you’ll need to be intentional about keeping them away!
You love them, and for good reason: pets are family, too. But they also can carry a wide variety of allergens, especially when they’re furry. Bathe your pets as often as possible, and make sure to vacuum or damp mop the surfaces in your home to eliminate as many allergens as possible and minimize the risk of an asthma attack for you, your family and your guests. Even if you’re not afflicted with asthma, try to remember that the people around you might be more sensitive to these kinds of environmental issues when they visit your home.
The more humid your home and office, the more likely it is that you’ll have mold growing somewhere visible, or even behind the walls. When it’s left unchecked, mold can become a real problem, especially when the toxic spores are inhaled by someone who has asthma. Dehumidifiers can help you keep your spaces at a lower humidity – ideally, below 50% – but also make sure you always clean up any spills or leaks right away because these wet spots can be perfect breeding grounds for mold.
- Outdoor Smoke
Campfires and other burning items outdoors can cause asthma attacks because they release chemical compounds into the air that can adversely affect anyone’s lungs, but especially for people with asthma. If you have wildfires in your area, make sure you stay indoors as much as possible and monitor your local weather and air pollution forecasts to know when it’s safest to go outside.
Unfortunately, there are many other causes of asthma attacks, depending on the condition of each unique individual and his or her environment. Triggers range from illnesses like the cold or flu, to respiratory conditions and sinus infections. Even heartburn can induce an asthma attack, as well as hyperventilation from overexertion or strong emotional situations. Certain foods and smells can also cause certain people to have an asthma attack, so try to avoid the situations that you know might put you at a higher risk.
To learn more about asthma, visit https://www.cdc.gov/asthma/pdfs/asthma_brochure.pdf. The service professionals at AdvantaClean are also standing by to give you expert advice about how to eliminate many of the triggers described above from your home and office. We’ve got the best-trained teams in the country, and they use the latest techniques to eliminate harmful allergens from your home and office with state of the art HEPA-filtered equipment.
More info? For more information about indoor air pollutants, check out our other post: MOST COMMON INDOOR AIR POLLUTANTS
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