If the household has members who experience asthma attacks, then there is a greater effort to keep the living space clean. While the average person can get by with an unkempt home, a person with asthma needs a cleaner place—less dust, fewer allergens, a smaller amount of dirt. Keeping the home clean keeps asthma triggers away.
Here are a few ways to make your home friendlier for asthma patients.
Mold spores often trigger an allergy attack, which can also lead to an asthma attack. If somebody in your family has asthma, mold has no place in your home. Once you spot the tell-tale signs of mold, mitigate the problem immediately by calling professionals.
Mold loves moisture, so to prevent mold, their favorite haunts must always be dry. Run a dehumidifier in the basement and other areas that are prone to dampness. If the bathrooms and basement are covered in wallpaper, it might be best to get rid of them, as wallpaper is prone to mold proliferation.
Check household items for mold as well, such as curtains and shower curtains. At the first sign of mold, replace and wash them immediately.
Make Sure the Air is Clean
Because people with asthma are more sensitive to air pollutants, the indoor air must be extra clean, as well. Invest in an air purifier, which removes the impurities and allergens to keep indoor air fresh and clean. Some purifiers draw air into the machine and remove pollen and dust, while others send out negatively charged particles that bind with pollen, dust, and other allergens and cause them to fall onto the floor, which can be swept away or vacuumed up.
If you don’t think you need an air purifier, keep your HVAC efficient and clean at all times. Entrust heater and air duct cleaning to a professional to ensure that these devices are cleaned thoroughly and no dirt is left behind.
Manage Your Fur Babies
Pet dander is composed of tiny flecks of skin shed by dogs, cats, birds, and other animals commonly kept inside the house. Some people are allergic to dander, and an allergic reaction can spark an asthma flare-up.
If you have one of these fur babies, they must stay out of the room of the patient. Ideally, the pet should be kept outside so as not to spread pet dander in places frequented by the person with asthma. Brush or wash the pets weekly, too, so they will shed minimal dander.
Keep Pests at Bay
Pests like cockroaches can also be asthma triggers. To prevent them from multiplying and roaming around the home, don’t leave open food or dirty dishes lying around in the kitchen. The house, ideally, should be free of crumbs and spills, while garbage containers are closed and washed regularly.
People with asthma are extra vulnerable to dirt and allergens, which is why the house should also be kept extra clean. Taking these precautions can make home life more comfortable and enjoyable for everyone in the family.