Asthma is an allergic inflammation of the airways and is a chronic ailment characterized by airflow obstruction and bronchial spasm, both of which are reversible but recurring symptoms. The noticeable symptoms include coughing, wheezing, breathlessness, tightening of chest. Asthma may be caused by the conjunction of environmental as well genetic factors.
The disease is diagnosed on the basis of the pattern of symptoms and spirometry. Several environmental factors such as allergens, irritants, air pollution and environmental chemicals play a significant role in triggering and development of the disease. Most of the environmentally-influenced asthma is caused due to the exposure to indoor allergens.
So, if in order to keep yourself and your family safe from further triggers of asthma, seek out the allergens in your home and eliminate them as much as possible.
Ways to Keep your Home Asthma-Safe
Follow the below given ways so that you may be able to create an asthma-free zone:
Develop your House to be a ‘No-Smoking’ Zone
Passive smoking or secondhand smoking is one of the prominent triggers of asthma. Encourage your relatives and acquaintances to quit smoking or to smoke outside rather than in your home or car.
Eradicate Household Population of Dust-Mites
Dust mites are tiny population of microscopic bugs which reside in blankets, pillows, carpets, mattresses and stuffed animals. Avoid carpets if possible. Use dust proof covers for pillows and mattresses. Wash your beddings above 60?C every two weeks to prevent recurrence of dust mites.
Possible allergens should be ripped out of your garden. Weed regularly and replace your lawn with bricked or paved areas. Moreover, avoid flourishing rye grass in your garden. Lastly, choose plants that are pollinated by insects over those which release their seeds into air.
Pets can be a Threat
Sometimes, your own pet can pose to be an allergen. In that case, you must have them live outside your house or at least out of your bedroom. Remember to brush or groom your pets outside and try choosing a low-shedding or non-shedding pet.
Beware of Chemical Irritants
Chemical irritants such as aerosol sprays, paints or insecticidal sprays can be the hidden cause of your asthma. Avoid using them, stay out of the room for over an hour when such sprays are applied in a room or use those wearing protective masks and gloves to prevent exposure.
Minimize the Mold
Molds perpetuate on damp items such as shower caps, tiles, basins and floor mats. Control moisture in your home and wash them regularly to control molds.
Improve Household Ventilation
Use exhausts, chimneys and air vents to keep your rooms and kitchen dust and smoke-free. Use electric cooking appliances as they release minimal gaseous fumes.
Hence, following the above steps is a way to keep your home free from allergens and hence, the deadly chronic lung disease-asthma.
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