Common Asthma Triggers Around The House

While asthma is not caused by air pollution, poor air quality can act as an asthma trigger and may 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

How to Limit Asthma Triggers

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 limit common asthma triggers 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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