Indoor air quality is often overlooked. If you suffer from asthma, there are contaminants in the home that can exacerbate asthma symptoms and reduce air quality. Here are a few steps to help improve the air in your home to help you breathe better.
The most common allergens come from pet dander, pollen and microscopic dust mites. To minimize their presence, vacuum rugs, sofa cushions and pillows. WebMD suggests vacuuming with a HEPA filter so debris won’t blow back into the air.
Cut Down on Fragrances
Do you buy scented aerosol spray cans, laundry detergents and deodorizers? The problem with these products is they release chemicals into the air. WebMD states that in a study on aerosol sprays, it was noted that they can release up to 20 different kinds of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), seven of which are considered toxic.
Do Your Laundry Regularly
To reduce dust, human and pet dander, and dust mites, wash and dry your blankets, sheets, pillowcases and comforters in hot water with high heat if they can tolerate it. While it might not eradicate the allergens entirely, it can reduce their presence.
Dust Often and Keep Windows Partially Open
Opening windows lets in pollutants and pollen. Try opening windows slightly to let in fresh air and reduce pollutants. Dust frequently and use a damp cloth instead of a feather duster that just moves the dust into the air, where it quickly resettles on the furniture again.
Cleaning sprays can be very harsh, and they use a lot of chemicals that can trigger asthma symptoms. Instead of bleach and ammonia, Consumer Reports recommends cleaning with water and vinegar in a 50/50 ratio for windows. Baking soda and water can serve as a natural scrub for tiles and sinks and is less harsh than some aerosol cleansers that include harsh chemicals.
Asthma Treatments in Little Rock
With advanced medicines, allergy shots and inhalers, Arkansas Allergy & Asthma Clinic can help with asthma flare-ups and reduce triggers that cause them. Reducing allergens in the home is just a start to help keep your airway open. To learn more about improving air quality or to make an appointment in Little Rock or Conway, give us a call today at (501) 227-5210.