World Asthma Day

Do you or a family member suffer from asthma – did you know there are things you can to around the home to help alleviate any symptoms or issues.  Let’s talk Asthma friendly homes for World Asthma Day.

  • Limit wall-to-wall carpeting & Reduce Upholstered Furniture.Whilst carpet & Upholstered furniture is great for creating a nice warm, cosy surface for playing, sitting or just walking around on – however it acts as a breeding ground for microscopic flakes of skin that naturally fall off our bodies during the course of a typical day.This may sound like no big deal, especially considering you cannot see these flakes of skin. But, if you have allergies to dust mites, it is a big deal.  Their waste can become airborne air, and they contain a protein that can trigger allergy and asthma attacks. So by illuminating the environment they thrive in, you can reduce the reaction.Alternative flooring options:
    • Wood Flooring
    • Tiling
    • Vinyl

     

    Alternative furniture materials:

    • Wood
    • Vinyl
    • Plastic
    • Leather
    • Faux leather
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  • Avoid wood Stoves and Fireplaces:
    There’s two reasons for not using wood burning stoves to heat your home with an asthma sufferer in the house.

    1. The Wood used for burning, when stored can contain outdoor allergens and mould spores.
    2. Wood burning can cause chemical reactions releasing chemicals and other airway irritants into the air that you breathe. This can be a serious asthma trigger, and it can also make asthma worse in general and harder to control.

    Alternatives;

    Central Heating Systems: These offer both warn & air filtering, keeping it free from potential asthma triggers and allergens.

    Central cooling systems :  As the air gets warmer in Spring/Summer it hold more humidity. Humid air tends to be heavier, and harder to inhale. It also creates a nice breeding ground for both dust mites and mould spores – which are all triggers for asthma.  By adding in a central cooling system this can limit the humidity in the home, reducing the risks.  You can also add a dehumidifier unit if central cooling is not a viable option.

  • Repair leaks and clean/remove mould build up.
    Anywhere there is standing water, mould can breed. Any leak, big or small, should be fixed straight away to avoid mould time to grow.For bathrooms, ensure you have ventilation to clear any humidity after a bath or shower to avoid build up.  If you do find mould, ensure you take precautions when cleaning – clean in a well ventilated area – use a mask& gloves – use a  bleach and water mixture to sterilise the area.
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