Asthma is a problem that doesn’t have a permanent cure but that doesn’t mean that you have to face troubles of it. You can manage this problem by keeping away all the elements that can trigger this disease. Symptoms and flare-ups of this disease may differ from person to person but there are some common triggers for this disease and learning about them is important. There are certain materials, activities and conditions that trigger this problem and can become troublesome for sufferer. So in order to prevent yourself from flare-ups and to avoid taking medicines, follow the tips that we have shared here for avoiding or dealing with asthma triggers that exists in and around your house.
Common Asthma Triggers and Ways to Deal with Them
Triggers in Air: Asthma problem can be triggered with air pollution. There may be certain pollen, particles, smoke and fumes in your breathing air that can cause flare-ups. Pollens are a problem that exists throughout the year as flowers and grasses grow and fall. You should avoid exposing yourself to outside world when there are peak pollen times in the day. Air pollutants and other triggers in air can be reduced with the use of air conditioning. So if you have availability of an air conditioner in your room or house, make use of it as it will not only reduce pollutants but would also lower humidity. There will be reduced risk of dust mites and thus reduced risk of asthma problem.
Dust is your biggest enemy: A common allergy trigger is dust that hides in your living space. Thus you should make sure that your living space especially bedroom, living area and your office is completely free from dust. It is best to buy plastic covers for your mattress and sofa so that dust couldn’t hide. Favorite hiding place of dust are carpets and rugs. If you have carpet in your house, make sure that you vacuum clean your carpets effectively and frequently to avoid collection of dust. Another important tip is to avoid collection of unnecessary clutter in and around your house.
Pet friends can be dangerous: Pets with adorable fur can be dangerous for people with allergy and asthma problems. Not only their fur but their dander can be a trigger. Moreover their feces, urine and saliva can cause flare-ups. Thus if you have asthma it is best to avoid animals/pets. If for instance you can’t avoid a family pet loved by all, it is best to keep it far from your bedroom and your things as much as possible. If pet remains indoor, it must be given bath frequently.
Mold increases risk: Growth of mold and fungus can be dangerous trigger for asthma. So in order to avoid them, keep a close eye on damp places of your bathroom, kitchen, basement, lawn and other places. Risk of growth of mold and mildew increases where level of humidity is high. If possible, get a dehumidifier for such areas. Get rid of any mold or fungus in any area of your house or around it.
Creepy crawling Bugs: Different bugs and insects with their droppings may trigger asthma problem. Attempt to get rid of them. Inspect your house and its outside on regular basis to keep a check on existence of these bugs. You can call an exterminator or can use gels or powders that are available in market to deal with such things. Make sure that all your food items and containers are kept covered and secured. Vacuum clean your house properly and use mop on areas where you see such bugs.
Weather Conditions: Weather changes can be a trigger to asthma patients too especially when windy weather. In such weather conditions, pollens and molds stir up in air and thus you can get a serious asthma flare-up. As rain falls, these pollens are usually washed away from air and thus after rain there may not be many types of pollen in air. However rainfall also triggers growth of pollen in season. Also when conditions are extremely humid, cold or hot; it may also trigger asthma but these conditions are not under your control. You can just keep a watch on weather forecast and when there are strong changes predicted you can keep yourself ready with various precautionary measures to deal with conditions outside.
Exercise: Surprisingly exercise can be a trigger for some asthma patients. But having a physical activity is really important for overall well-being of human body and thus you should not avoid it. Include outdoor and physical exercises in your daily routine but choose wisely. You can consult your doctor about how to prevent from flare-ups while including physical exercise in your routine.
Other factors triggering asthma:
- Some infections, diseases and viral can trigger asthma problems. Moreover some medicines may also flare-up asthma problems.
- Some scented perfumes can also trigger asthma. You can avoid wearing strong perfumes but you certainly can’t avoid all others wearing it in your surroundings.
- Fast breathing because of any stress or fatigue can also trigger asthma.
- Food allergies.
Treating Allergic Asthma: Some people may have allergic asthma and in order to find out your allergy, you should ask your doctor to conduct a test for allergy. With this test, your will be able to find out which allergens are causing problem and so you can avoid them.
We hope that by following these tips you will be able to have a better control on your asthma problem. Controlling triggers is important however some of them are simply unavoidable such as dust. If you are extremely sensitive, you may find it difficult to survive outside. In such cases you must consult your doctor and he pay put you on some medications or may inject some allergens so that your body would not reach severely to such triggers.