One of the most important things that can be done in the control of asthma is to tackle the triggers in the home such as pets, dust mites, pollen, cockroaches, mold, tobacco smoke and household irritants. One of the main triggers of course are dust mites. So, what we need to do is learn how to protect ourselves, by taking such preventative measures such as making sure our pillows and mattresses have allergen proof covers.
It is also important to make sure that bedding is washed in hot water weekly. Of course not having carpeting is the best approach, but if you do have carpeting be sure to make sure the vacuum bag is allergen proof also. Air conditioning and heating filters should be changed on a regular basis. Window coverings should also be washable or an alternative is to simply use plain window shades.
Dust frequently with a cloth that is damp. Try to keep the humidity level in your home below 50% is possible. This will also help stop mold from growing which as we mentioned, is another trigger for asthma. There are many products that will kill mold on contact.
Insects and other pesky creatures such as cockroaches also need to be controlled as many asthmatics can be allergic to them. One effective way is to use roach bait and insect spray.
To help control pollen exposure be sure to close windows during the time that pollen is in season. Air-conditioning also is good to use it at all possible.
Many pets can also trigger asthma. The obvious answer is to avoid or severely limit exposure to household pets. However, if you do have a dog or a cat in your home it is a good idea to wash your pet often, or leave your pet outside as much as possible. Animals can leave quite a bit of dander in carpeting, so also keep that in mind.
Perfume, lotions that are scented and such things as aerosols, cleaning fluids and the like should always be avoided. Also, if you live in a city that has higher air pollution it is best to severely limit your time spent outside.
Jack Clarke has been an author and content publisher for the past 15 years. He currently runs several review sites including Natural Asthma among many others.
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15 years experience online as a content publisher and product reviewer including such sites as Natural Asthma and other informative informational websites for consumers.