Asthma is often a reversible condition, but can be life threatening if not given the proper management. One step closer in dealing with this disease is to identify the particular allergen you have that causes your untimely asthma attacks.
There are several allergens that cause asthma attack, it can be found from the food you eat, the air you breathe, the medicines you take, even the lotion or perfume you apply, but did you know that the common place for them are found inside your home?
Here is a comprehensive list of these culprits called allergen:
Indoor allergens include:
- House dust mites. Studies show that the house dust mite is the most common cause of allergy; they can be found anywhere inside the house, from the mattress, carpets, stuffed toys, soft furnishings, pillows and blankets.
- Cats, dogs and other furry pets. Allergens are found mostly in their fur, to some individual who have a sensitive nose, the pet’s saliva and urine may also cause an allergic attack.
- Molds are found on damp things such as shower curtains, bath items, tubs, basins and tiles.
- Secondhand smoke
- Nitrogen dioxide. This odorless gas that can irritate the eyes and skin comes from the use of appliances that burn fuels, such as gas, wood, and kerosene.
- Chemical irritants. Found in scented or unscented products, including cleaners, paints, adhesives, pesticides, cosmetics, or air fresheners, powder and perfumes.
- Medications. It is important to take note of medications that have in the past caused your allergic reaction.
- Food. Found in sea foods and citrus fruits.
It is of utmost importance that you take note of the allergens you are sensitive to, so that avoidance of exposure can be done. General guidelines in allergen avoidance include:
- Allow adequate ventilation around the house to decrease indoor humidity that tends to breed the house and dust mites.
- Reduce or avoid the use of chemical agents that trigger asthma.
- Have an outdoor safe drying area for clothes and other cloth materials used in the home like carpets, mattress and blankets.
- Always keep the bathroom, bath curtain and tiles clean and dry.
- Use a good filter in the use of air conditioning units.
- Replace blankets, pillows, curtains regularly.
- Use a high filtration vacuum cleaner to remove dust mites or damp dust regularly, but do not allow the person with asthma to do the cleaning.
- Avoid using carpets and remove stuffed toys that can be breeding places for dust mites.
- Do not smoke inside the house or better yet stop smoking.
It is relatively easy to identify your particular allergen, because the moment you come in contact with them you will sneeze, cough, and develop rashes and in some cases experience difficulty in breathing.
So if you have identified already the allergen, the best and most effective way to deal with asthma attack is to avoid it.