Living with asthma can be challenging for the best of us. There are so many irritants in the air we breathe that monitoring air quality is a simple fact of life for the asthmatic. We stay indoors when smog or other pollutants are high. On days of raised pollen counts we minimize our outdoor activity. We are careful to use any prescribed medications as instructed and always have our rescue inhaler handy.
But what if your asthma is being triggered by your own home?
Most of us donâ€™t look to our own home when it comes to considering asthma triggers. Thatâ€™s not to say we are ignorant to indoor triggers. Rather our home is our safe haven, a place to seek solace and comfort when we are sick. Itâ€™s not our first consideration when we are struggling with asthma attacks. But what if it should be!
Recognizing Asthma Triggers in Your Own Home
Letâ€™s begin with the basics of learning to recognize what potential asthma triggers are in your own home. There are the obvious triggers such as smoke, chemicals and for some of us even perfumes. These are the triggers people seem to think of immediately when considering things in the home that irritates their lungs.
The not so obvious include the temperature you keep your home, how often you exchange air (i.e. open a window and let some fresh air in), cooking with oils, your pets and the very bed you sleep in!
Managing the â€œNot-Soâ€ Obvious Asthma Triggers
To get a grip on your asthma you need to effectively manage the triggers in your environment. Perhaps the biggest asthma trigger comes from your own bed. Research has shown that dust mites not only aggravate asthmatics but continued inhalation of their waste and decaying body parts can cause asthma. These dust mites live, eat, reproduce and die inside your mattress!
To get dust mite populations under control effectively you need to cut them off from their food source at the same time as eliminating their waste from the air you breathe. This is done by covering your mattress, box spring and pillows in an allergy mattress barrier available for purchase in just about any retail store or online.
The number two largest irritants on asthma are pets. If you own cats, dogs or even caged furry critters you are likely causing your own complications. The good news is you donâ€™t have to give up your furry family members to get your asthma under control. Investing in cleaning tools like an allergy vacuum built to trap animal dander and dust particles is really all you need to stay ahead of clear breathing.
The next trigger to mention is the temperature in your home. Very few people consider the temperature in their home when it comes to asthma. The truth is maintaining a room temperature that is too hot or two cold can trigger an asthma attack. If you find yourself struggling with asthma consider monitoring what your thermostat is set at and making some needed adjustments.
The final major trigger I want to discuss is the frequency of exchanging air in your home. While there are dozens of triggers in the air outside keeping your house closed up isnâ€™t much healthier. Without letting in some fresh air indoor pollutants build up to levels that can cause even the most controlled asthmatic to have an attack.
[box type=”note”]When it comes to managing your asthma itâ€™s important to place the same amount of emphasis on the air quality in your own home as you do outside. By taking a moment to assess indoor triggers and make a few minor adjustments youâ€™ll be able to say your indoor triggers are just as controlled as those outside.[/box]
About the Author:
Mikki Hogan, Publisher of theAllergySpot.com, is a proud wife and mother living in North Carolina with her family. With an advanced knowledge in allergies and asthma Mikki aims to use her job as a freelance writer to educate readers on effective remedies including where to buy air purifiers that really work and alternative solutions that anyone can try.