As an asthma sufferer, you’ve probably completed the introductory course, Asthma Control 101. But a quick refresher can help you avoid the feeling that you can’t get enough air into your lungs. Here are a few some common-sense measures – in addition to your prescribed asthma medication – to help you manage your asthma and reduce exposure to your triggers.
Clean regularly. Vacuum, wet mop and damp dust every week. Use natural cleaning products. Limit your exposure to chemical ingredients in cleaning products that may irritate your airways. Use baking soda, vinegar and essentials oil to mix your own cleaning products. Consider switching to natural personal care products, too. Allergy-proof your environment. Whenever possible, use products that minimize trigger exposure. Choose hardwood, tile or linoleum flooring instead of carpeting. Every week, wash your window treatments and non-allergenic bedding. Using anti-dust mite mattress covers and pillow cases as part of your comprehensive asthma treatment plan can also help.
Use your air conditioner or air purifier. Reduce airborne contaminants such as smog and pollen that find their way indoors. Indoor air, in fact, can be between two to five times more polluted than the air outdoors. Filtering your indoor air helps reduce your exposure to asthma triggers. Minimize pet allergens. If you have pets with fur or feathers, be sure to bathe or groom them regularly to reduce exposure to pet dander. Restrict your pet to rooms with hardwood, tile or linoleum flooring and keep Fluffy off your beds, upholstered furniture, and rugs. Maintain optimal humidity. Consider using a dehumidifier if you live in a damp climate or a humidifier if you live in a dry climate. Optimal humidity helps control mold growth as well as keep the mucous membrane lining in your airways moist and prevent excessive coughing. Besides controlling your environment to reduce asthma triggers, you can also take measures to improve your health and well-being and thereby lessen the risk of asthma attacks. Look for an upcoming Blueair blog on what you can do to avoid asthma onset by taking better care of yourself.
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