For some families, asthma is a daily struggle. While it may seem like medications are the only thing that will keep yourself or your family from struggling each day, you should know that there are other ways to manage it. Here are a few things that you can do around the house to reduce the symptoms that are caused by asthma.
Avoid Owning a Pet
If you don’t have a pet in the house, stick to it. Dander from pets can trigger an asthma attack. If you already own a pet, you can’t exactly give it up, but there are a few things you can do. First and foremost, don’t allow pets in certain rooms of your house. This means that rooms like the bedroom and kitchen are completely off limits to your pet. If you have direct contact with your pet, make sure to wash your hands immediately. Make sure to regularly bathe your animal to reduce the allergens in your pet’s fur.
Get Rid of Mold
Mold can trigger a huge asthma attack. If you see mold, immediately remove it with soap and water. To reduce the chance of getting mold, always use the exhaust fan when taking a shower and cooking. If you have damp or wet items in your house, make sure that they dry within two days to prevent mold growth.
If you or anyone else in your house smokes, it’s time to quit. Not only will you benefit from multiple health improvements by quitting smoking cigarettes, but others around you will benefit as well. Smoke can trigger asthma, whether it’s a cigarette, cigar, or a pipe. Try to avoid smoke in public, and never smoke or allow anyone with you to smoke around the family member that suffers from asthma.
Lock Up Cleaning Products
When it’s not time to clean, all of the cleaning products should be put away. The cleaners could potentially trigger an asthma attack. This also includes scented and unscented products, like air fresheners and cosmetics. If you have to use these items around the person that has asthma, make sure that the windows and doors are open.
Avoid Strong Emotions
While this will probably be the most difficult to control, it’s also one of the most important. When someone laughs or cries too hard, they breathe harder. Breathing harder can trigger the symptoms of asthma. Any sort of strong emotion, like anger or yelling, can do it too. If this is an issue in your house, you should contact your doctor. They’ll likely give you medication like Advair. This prescribed medication relaxes muscles in the airway, so you’ll be free to be as emotional as you want in your house. You don’t have to worry about rushing out to the pharmacy—you can buy Advair online and have it delivered straight to your door.
Avoid Extreme Exercise
Similar to showing strong emotions, exercise increases breathing which could, in turn, trigger asthma attacks. Exercise routines should be kept between fifteen to thirty minutes. You could walk, jog, climb stairs, swim, or go on the treadmill. If the exercise will be done outside, you should pay close attention to the quality of air.
Pay Close Attention to Food
One of the most frustrating thing about a food allergy is that you never know you’re allergic to anything unless you’ve undergone an allergy test at your doctor. Common food allergies include peanuts and fish, or rather, you’re allergic to a chemical in them—Tropomyosin. If you’re allergic to this, you’ll likely have to change your entire diet. Some people are allergic to food coloring as well, so with those people, you’ll have to pay extremely close attention to the food around your house.
There are many things in the world that can trigger asthma attacks, and a large part of finding out what you’re allergic to is trial-and-error. If you do undergo the allergy test at the doctor, you’ll likely be subjected to 30 or more different common allergies to see how your skin reacts. These are just a few of the basic things you can do around your house to reduce the risk of triggering an asthma attack. Are you allergic to anything? If so, what are you allergic to, and what have you found to be effective in avoiding triggering them? Feel free to share your experiences with us in the comments below.