There can be asthma triggers in the home.
HERC can schedule a Home Assessment that will identify possible triggers & provide:
- Information on how to decrease asthma triggers
- Products to help reduce or eliminate the impact of asthma triggers
- Information and education on asthma
- Referrals for finding medical assistance
For more information
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Here are some tips for having a healthy home:
Heavy drapes, upholstered furniture, thick rugs, and other decorative items are major dust collectors. Mattresses can be a resting place for dust mites. Put dustproof cases on pillows, mattresses, and box springs. Dust and vacuum often. Use a damp cloth or mop, not a broom. Wash stuffed animals regularly and don’t sleep with them.
Change filters once a year. Vents may require cleaning to reduce the spread of dust and other irritants.
Feather filled pillows or other types of fillings can be triggers; we can suggest more appropriate materials for your family. Because of pollen in the air, dry clothes and bedding in a dryer, not outside on a clothesline.
Mold and Mildew
Bathrooms, plants kept in bathrooms, and lack of ventilation in bathrooms may be major causes of mold and mildew. Keep shower stalls and sinks clean. Clean your nebulizer or inhaler and spacer often.
Animal dander and saliva are potent allergens. Keep pets outside, or at least out of the bedroom, and bathe them weekly. Consider dander-free pets such as fish.
Pests, particularly dust mites and cockroaches, can represent significant asthma triggers. Regular cleaning helps control their populations.
Fumes and Strong Odors
Fireplace smoke, perfumes, hairspray, air fresheners, household cleaners, mothballs, solvents, and paint can be severely irritating, possibly resulting in an asthma episode. If you must work around such irritants, make sure the area is well-ventilated. Turn on the exhaust fan when you cook to reduce cooking odors.
Cigarette and Cigar Smoke
There is no “safe” level of smoke. We recommend eliminating smoking among all household members. If there is a smoker in the household, smoking should be restricted to outdoor areas, and clothing that smells of smoke should be kept away from asthmatics.