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Care Tips for a Home with an Asthmatic Victim

Care Tips for a Home with an Asthmatic Victim

Considering that, homes are susceptible asthma triggers; it can get a tad tricky if there a household member has an asthmatic victim. Pollens are known to trigger asthma in a home and sometimes, they can be difficult to avoid. 

Note that pollen grains are usually rampant in the early morning, especially on those dry or warm days. You can control pollen counts by keeping the windows and doors closed throughout the pollen seasons and using air conditioner during the pollen season. 

1. Dust mites

Dust mites are very notorious in triggering asthma in the home. Ensure that your pillows are well encased with allergen-proof materials. Soak all bedding in hot and disinfected water before laundering them. Invest in non-carpeted flooring but if you are stuck with a carpeted one, ensure that you vacuum it with allergen-proof vacuum bag and always wear a mask. 

Replace heavy drapes with light shears that are washable and ensure that you soak window drapes in hot water before laundering them. Make it a habit to dust different surfaces such as windowsills and lampshades. 

2. Mold and mildew

Mold and mildew tend to perch on damp things such as tiles, shower curtains and bath items. Mold and mildew are notorious asthma triggers in the home and in order to counter them, you should ensure that you dry any wet and damp items in the house as soon as you can. As soon as mold settles on the surfaces, clean it up with detergents. Fixing all leaking taps in the house is also a sure way of keeping mold and mildew at bay. Keep the bathroom windows open when you are in the shower and kitchen windows open when you are cooking. 

3. Pets

Did you know that warm-blooded animals are laden with asthma triggers? As much as you love your furry and feline friends, they can be a health hazard. Build your pets a cozy and warm place outside or have them stay off the bedroom and furniture. Ensure you vacuum your carpets, furniture and rugs occasionally to get rid of pet hair. 

4. Wood smoke

Wood smoke from fireplaces and stoves is laden with harmful gases and minute particles. Inhaling these particles can lead to asthmatic reactions and other attacks. In order to counter wood smoke, ensure that you only burn dry wood that has been stacked, well split and covered for not less than 6 months. 

5. Nitrogen Dioxide 

While nitrogen dioxide is odorless, it can irritate your throat, nose and eyes and in some instances stifle you. Fuel-based appliances such as kerosene and gas produce nitrogen dioxide. Try to run fuel-based appliances that have an outside vent and follow the manufacturer’s instruction to the letter. 

Most homeowners make the mistake of using gas-cooking stoves to warm the house and this is wrong on so many levels. Use an exhaust fan whenever you cook and in the case of unvented kerosene, adjust the heater and keep the windows open at all times. Always remember to adjust the heater.  

A home is supposed to be a haven and the minute your home is bombarded with triggers, it tends to kill the purpose and psyche. If you have an asthmatic patient in the house, you should take severe measures to ensure that asthma and allergy triggers are eradicated in good time.

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