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Getting Asthma Under Control Inside Your Home

Posted Jan 29 2012 7:37am

Having lived with asthma most of my life I can tell you there’s nothing more frustrating than taking two steps backwards in your efforts to prevent attacks. You see I wasn’t born with asthma. Rather I developed asthma after years of prolonged exposure to indoor allergens that I didn’t even know existed! The type of asthma I have is called allergic asthma and getting it under control was a real challenge.

When I was first diagnosed my allergist prepared my prescriptions and informed me on the importance of taking them “as prescribed” for the rest of my life. When those prescriptions didn’t work he merely increased the dosages and added to my cocktail.

I needed a change and I needed it fast so I turned to Google for answers. As my understanding of allergic asthma grew so did my ability to do something about it and I needed to begin in my own home.

Controlling Asthma from Home

Allergic asthma is not much different from other forms of asthma. They all lead to an asthma attack that prevents you from breathing. All asthma attacks occur after exposure to specific triggers and all require intentional effort on your part to prevent attacks by minimizing exposure. The distinguishing difference with allergic asthma is that typically it is a direct result of allergies and your primary triggers are typically your allergens.

The most common indoor allergens that trigger an attack in asthmatics include:

  • Pet dander
  • High levels of mites in dust
  • Various chemicals or fragrances used when cleaning and deodorizing our home
  • Keeping our home to closed up
Pet Dander: Controlling pet dander is easier than you might think. First, begin a routine of regularly brushing your pet using appropriate brushes and combs to remove excess hair. Most pets enjoy the interaction of grooming and it helps you keep loose hair to a minimum.

Mites and Dust: Everybody knows that dust is tiny particles of dirt, skin cells and other loose debris that has become airborne, gathered together and then settled on services around the home. What many do not know is that dust is accompanied by microscopic mites that live in your mattress, pillows, upholstered furniture and carpets. The common dust mite symptoms are respiratory distress and uncontrolled asthma. They and are most effectively controlled by enclosing your mattress and box springs an allergy encasement and thoroughly vacuuming your carpet on a weekly basis.

Various Chemicals & Fragrances: To help reduce attacks triggered by cleaning supplies and deodorizes be sure to clean in a well ventilated area and take breaks in between. Most of us try to clean the entire house straight through but for the asthmatic this could be problematic.

Getting Some Fresh Air: Believe it or not if we don’t open our windows often enough to swap out some fresh air indoor pollutants can build up to dangerous levels that result in uncontrolled asthma attacks. On a nice day open up windows on opposite sides of the house to allow a cross breeze to bring in some fresh air and swap out the stale.

You don’t have to struggle with asthma control or overload on all those prescription medications when things aren’t going well. By taking these steps in my own home I was able to drop down to a single daily asthma control medication and throw the rest out and you can too.


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