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How to create an asthma safe home and environment? – Part 2

For a person with asthma, the only way not to trigger asthma is by providing the person a home safe environment by expelling all the triggering agents and minimizing the possibilities of a trigger.

Basic Steps to create an asthma safe environment

3. To reduce moisture and mold:
• It is essential to keep the house moisture free to ensure a mold free house.
• Always check the pipes, faucets and roofs for leaks and fix them as soon as possible.
• Clean and repair roof gutters to keep mold free house.
• Ventilation and proper exhaustion system is the key point in keeping a mold free house.
• Keep your bathrooms and basement mold free by providing proper ventilation.
• Use exhaust fans for minimizing moisture.
• Damp closets should be cleaned thoroughly.
• Leave a 100-watt bulb in a switch on mode at all times.
• This is to increase the temperature. It is also for drying out the air.
• Run a dehumidifier in the basement and wherever dampening is present.
• Clean the water pan often.
• Remove wallpaper.
• Remove wall-to-wall carpeting from bathrooms.
• Even the basement rooms are to be kept away from wall to wall carpeting.
• Run the air conditioning.
• Change the filter as and when required without delay.
• Avoid houseplants.
• Clean any visible mold or mildew.
• This can be done with a solution made of one part of chlorine bleach to 10 parts water.
• Don’t paint or caulk over moldy surfaces.
• Clean them first.
• Visible mold on ceiling tiles can be removed and replaced.
• Always check for leaky pipes in the house.
• This may be causing the problem of molds and therein asthma.
• Moldy shower curtains should be either cleaned or replaced.

4. Reducing Triggers from Animals and Cockroaches
• Animals also can trigger asthma flare up.
• 30% of people with asthma are allergic to one or more animals.
• The symptoms of allergy are due to the reaction to the body with a protein.
• This protein is found in animals:
– Saliva
– Urine
– Dander
• Animal’s hair collects:
– Mites
– Pollen
– Mold
• Animal’s droppings can attract mold and dust.
• Keep pets outside.
• Wash and brush the pet every week.
• Wash your hands after touching the pet.
• Cockroaches are another major asthma trigger. To avoid cockroaches:
– Get a pest specialist.
– The house should be professionally exterminated.
– This should be done every few months to ensure of their removal.
– Use bait traps to catch roaches.
– Avoid aerosol sprays.
– These sprays can worsen the asthma symptoms.
– Avoid saving boxes.
– Avoid piling up paper bags and newspapers.
– Never leave your food open.
– Do not let the dirty dishes lie around the kitchen.
– Clean them and ensure safe cleaning.
– Spills and food material should be cleaned off immediately.
– Garbage should be disposed off immediately.
– Keep the garbage can closed.
– This will help to avoid the breeding of cockroaches and other rodents too.
– Wash recyclables.

More on Asthma Management

1. Draw an asthma action plan
• This plan can help the asthma patient to control and effectively manage asthma.
• This plan helps the patient to reduce the asthma attacks by prevention techniques.
• The plan improvises the emergency techniques and reduction of flare up attacks of asthma all through the day.
• This plan is done on everyday basis.

2. Asthma management and asthma safe home environment can be coordinated with the help of:
• emergency phone numbers
• locations of emergency care facilities
• a list of triggers
• how to avoid the triggers
• action needed prior to exercising
• a list of early flare-up symptoms
• what to do when they occur
• the names and dosages of medications
• when and how to use
• Watch for flare-ups
• avoid the triggers

3. What can be done to prevent the flare up?
• Familiarize your child with the plan.
• Keep the action plan at all times with you.
• Provide a copy to all the people concerned.
• Updating the changes.
• Review the plan with doctor.

Ridgecrest Herbal Clearlungs Red/Herbal The Asthma Sourcebook Beating Asthma: Seven Simple Principles

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