Sunday, May 11, 2008

Controlling Asthma

Effectively controlling asthma requires a great deal of self-awareness and discipline. It involves being diligent in controlling one's personal environment to the greatest extent practicable. For example, dust and dust mites are a major source of problems for asthmatics. Eliminating dust in the home, particularly in the areas in which the most time is spent, can greatly decrease the number of asthma attacks.

Here are a few suggestions for limiting asthma triggers in the home:

-vacuum carpets at least once per week

-dust and sweep at least once per week

-enclose pillow cases in an allergen reducing cover

-purchase a portable HEPA air filtration unit for the home

-eliminate clutter in the form of knick-knacks

-use your stove's fume hood when cooking (this reduces the amount of Nitrogen in the air-a common asthma trigger)

-limit the use of air freshening aerosols or candles

Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition, characterized by severe narrowing of the airways upon exposure to air-borne pollutants, or allergens. Anything that sets as asthma attack in motion is called a "trigger."

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