The U.S. Enviromental Protection Agency tells us that our risk of exposure to pollutants can be over 100 times greater indoors than outside. Whats more, some experts estimate that as much as 50% of all illnesses, are either created or aggravated by poor Indoor Air Quality. The fact is, if you’re experiencing common discomforts like headaches, itchy eyes, a runny nose or a persistent cough, sure, you just might have a cold. But you might be a victim of poor Indoor Air Quality.
Asthma - Clearing the Air for Asthma Sufferers
Over 17 million Americans suffer from Asthma, an inflamation of the lungs that constricts airways causing wheezing, coughing and accute shortness of breath. If you or one of your loved ones is among them, you know what a frustrating and potential dangerous affliction it can be. Asthma is the leading cause of long term illness in children. Fortunately, there is a lot you can do to clear the air and protect the Asthma sufferer in your home from the unpleasant effects of this all-too-common affliction. But first, you must understand what you are up against. Since common allergens and irritants in the home may trigger asthma symptoms, the first step is to identify the possible triggers in your home and eliminate as many of them as possible. Please continue to the following pages for common triggers along with some suggested remedies:
The first step is to identify the possible triggers in your home and elimiate as many of them as possible. Here are a few common triggers along with some suggested remedies:
1. Secondhand Smoke - Smoke from the burning end of a cigarette, pipe or cigar and the smoke exhaled by the a smoker.
• Do not smoke in your home or car and do not allow others to do so.
2. Dust Mites - These microscopic monsters commonly infest mattresses, pillows, carpets, fabric-covered furniture, bedcovers, clothes, stuffed toys, and soft items.
• Wash sheets and blankets in hot water every week.
• Choose washable stuffed toys, wash them often in hot water and dry them thoroughly. Keep stuffed toys off beds.
3. Pets - Unpleasant as it is to talk about, your pet’s urine, skin flakes, and saliva can trigger asthma. Here are a few helpful hints:
• Keep pets outside as much as possible
• When inside, keep them out of bedrooms and other sleeping areas of the asthma sufferer.
• Keep pets away from fabric-covered furniture, carpet, and stuffed toys.
4. Molds - Molds grow on damp materials. The key to mold control is moisture control.
If mold is a problem in your home, clean up the mold and get rid of excess water or moisture. Lowering moisture also helps reduce other triggers, such as dust mites and cockroaches.
• Wash mold off hard surfaces and dry completely. If mold is growing on absorbent materials, they may need to be replaced.
• Fix leaky plumbing and other sources of water.
• Keep drip pans in your air conditioner, refrigerator, and dehumidifier clean and dry.
• Use exhaust fans or open windows in kitchens and bathrooms when showering, cooking, or using the dishwasher. Vent clothes dryers to the outside.
• Maintain low indoor humidity, ideally between 30-50% relative humidity.
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