Common Asthma Triggers Around The House


While asthma is not caused by air pollution, poor air quality can act as a trigger for asthma symptoms or even initiate an asthma attack.

Indoor air pollutants have been found to be 2-5 times greater than outdoor pollutants. And since Americans spend an average of 90% of their time indoors, it’s more important than ever to make indoor air quality a priority in your home.

Common Indoor Asthma Triggers
– Mold, mildew, dust mites
– Pest droppings
– Pet dander
– Furniture finished with flame retardants
– Spray cleaners and disinfectants
– Tobacco smoke
– Smoke from fireplaces, wood stoves, or kerosene heaters
– Nitrogen dioxide from natural gas heaters and stoves
– Scented candles, spray and/or plug-in air fresheners, and potpourris
– Incense smoke
– Perfumes and hair spray

Cleaning Air for Asthma Sufferers
If you or a member of your family suffer from asthma, it’s never too late to get proactive about indoor air quality. Here are some ways to prevent indoor air pollution in your home:

– Use only high-efficiency air filters (HEPA) throughout your home
– Consider installing room air purifiers for bedrooms, or whole-home purifiers
– Keep an eye out for leaks or water build up to prevent mold or mildew
– Control cockroaches and other pest infestations
– Limit use of spray cleaners or aerosols and consider making your own for the highest level of prevention
– Avoid the use of air fresheners and scented candles
– Maintain a humidity level between 30-50%

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