Asthma is a modern ailment and a growing trend. Those seeking to keep their air passageways clear need to be aware of common circumstances that can cause attacks.
One of the tricky things about dealing with asthma is that everyone’s triggers are different. What can trigger an attack in one person might not bother another. But there do appear to be some common triggers that are best to avoid, especially indoor allergens.
It is possible to combat some asthma triggers with behavioral changes. Secondhand smoke, for example, can cause flare-ups in many sufferers, so it’s critical to avoid situations where tobacco fumes are prevalent.
Similarly, perfumes can pose a similar danger to others, which may require asking friends and co-workers to tone down the fragrance.
Another potential trigger is pet hair and dander. This can be a nightmare for asthma sufferers, which may mean staying away from homes with shedding pets.
Other dangers can be found in households, too. Dust mites, for example, are a trigger for some, but the risk of that can be mitigated in several ways. Use a cover that zips over the entire mattress to increase the barrier between the dust mites and you, and do the same for pillowcases.
Along the same lines, remove ornamental pillows, stuffed animals and the like from the bed, or at least toss them in the dryer periodically to kill any dust mites that have lodged there.
If a house has cockroaches or other insect or rodent infestations, that can be a problem as well. Keeping food stored away properly and the whole place clean is essential.
Mold can be more serious than any of these other triggers, because in many cases it is hard to get rid of. The best option is to make sure it doesn’t become a problem in the first place.
Watch out for water leaks, both on the exterior and interior of a dwelling. Use a dehumidifier or air conditioner if necessary to lower the humidity level. Pay particular attention to walls and floors; once mold starts growing under the surface, getting rid of it becomes much tougher.
Some environmental factors may be tougher to avoid. Smog, for example, isn’t great for asthma. Nor are exhaust fumes or smoke from burning wood.
Most radio stations and local TV channels nowadays offer an update on the air quality index. Asthma sufferers should learn to check on that number before making plans. If the pollution levels are too high, it’s best to avoid outdoor activities.
Exercise can be another trigger. That’s unfortunate, since it’s also critical for good health. If you suspect exercise is triggering your asthma, it’s important to determine what type of exercise causes the problem and what can be done to mitigate the risk.
Additionally, other allergies can trigger an asthma attack. Peanuts are a big threat, along with shellfish and eggs among the other common foods that can cause problems.
Preservatives and additives, such as certain artificial dyes, can be difficult to detect and can put some at risk, too. In short, triggers are all around, so knowing and avoiding them must be one’s first line of defense.
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