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Asthma Triggers in the Home

What do the likes of David Beckham, Jessica Alba and P!nk have in common, besides their strikingly good looks and endless amounts of talent? Had enough time thinking?

The answer is Asthma.

Many people living with the condition can find Asthma limits their capabilities, creating a barrier to their successes. No one should let Asthma get in the way of his or her life.

Whilst we don’t have a magical cure-all for this condition, we can offer some tips that can make living with Asthma a little more comfortable. As such, it is important to know that most households contain triggers, which can cause Asthma sufferers’ symptoms to escalate.

In the bedroom:

  • Regular dusting is a must, particularly within the bedroom. This is as dust mites thrive in the carpet and bedding.
  • For bedding: ensure you have a Protect-A-Bed mattress and pillow protector.
  • Not everyone can afford floorboards, so for carpet: vacuum daily, and ensure it has a good filter system and high suction. Products that eliminate dust mites in the carpet can be purchased.
  • Pillows and bedding should not contain feathers.

Living spaces:

  • Remove plants containing pollen, for a leafy alternative.
  • Replace any venetian blinds, or sheer curtains, with roller blinds with a sheer underlay to allow for easier cleaning, whilst still maintaining privacy in the home.
  • If you can’t afford to change the venetian blinds, make sure you regularly wash them with a warm, damp cloth, and once a year, take them outside and mop them down with hot soapy water.
  • Maintain a comfortable temperature. Humidity, or cold dry air, is the enemy.
  • Purchase a portable dehumidifier.
  • Regularly change filters on heaters or air conditioners.
  • Keep the house smoke-free.

In the bathroom/kitchen:

  • Ensure there is ample ventilation to allow for air circulation, and the control of moulds, which thrive in moist environments.
  • Regularly clean all of your towels and tea towels in warm water.

Pets in the home:

  • If you’re looking for a pet, avoid breeds that have been shown to cause allergies.
  • Keep your furry friends isolated from the bedrooms of any asthma sufferers.
  • Always brush them outside of the home.
  • Wash them weekly.

Brought to you by Protect A Bed.