Reducing The Risks Of Asthma

What Is Asthma?

People with asthma have sensitive airways in their lungs. The airway lining is inflamed and narrowed, and when exposed to certain triggers the airways narrow further, making it hard to breathe.

Common Triggers In Your Home – Mould

Damp houses are conducive to fostering moulds that can cause a range of respiratory disorders, not just in people with asthma. Moulds grow very well in damp conditions. Moulds are tiny fungi that form slimy or cottony growths in damp, dark places. Most moulds produce millions of spores that are easily airborne.

Common Triggers In Your Home – Dust And Dust Mites

The dust in your home contains droppings from dust mites. It is these excretions, rather than the dust mite itself, that many people are allergic to. Dust mites thrive in damp, warm conditions that are created in bedding when we sleep and they live off the skin cells that all humans shed.

Using chemicals to control dust mites provides only limited reduction in allergens, and there is little conclusive evidence that it improves asthma control. While you may kill the mite, you will not get rid of its excretions which contain the actual allergens. There is also some concern regarding the toxicity of these chemicals particularly for children.

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Common Triggers In Your Home – Floor Surfaces And Cleaning

For people who are allergic to house dust mites, hard flooring (wood, tiles, cork, vinyl or slate) is preferable throughout, supplemented by scatter rugs. Put scatter rugs out in the sun and wash if possible. If not, ask someone to air and beat the rug.

Most surface allergens can be removed from carpets by steam cleaning. However, results are temporary and the carpet must be dried properly afterwards or it can go mouldy. Therefor-regular steam cleaning is imperative to reduce the risks of asthma.

Everyone’s Asthma Is Different

Everyone’s asthma is different, and the extent to which asthma triggers are a problem will vary from person to person. Asthma management these days is focused on achieving good control of symptoms, so they don’t interfere with your life, and on having a written asthma action plan so you know what to do if your asthma worsens. Your doctor will work out a treatment plan, which is best for you.


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