This World Asthma Day we want to look at how you can take control of Asthma and Allergies in your home and create a safe, healthy living space free from asthma and allergy triggers.
It is frequently asked what asthma and allergies have in common and how are they linked together? Often the same substances or particles that trigger your hay fever or allergies such as dust mites, mould, pollen and pet dander may also cause asthma symptoms. This is called allergic asthma or allergy-induced asthma.
So how do we create a healthy home to avoid allergic asthma?
It is very important to know what your triggers are. Once you are aware what triggers your allergies or asthma you can then take steps to avoid or reduce the impact of those triggers.
For common triggers such as dust mites, mould pollen and pet dander the following tips are a great start to take control in your home.
Dust mites are the most common trigger of asthma and love to live in all homes but specifically in the bedroom where they can hide in mattresses, pillows, linens, carpets and wardrobes.
There are now allergy and asthma friendly products out there such as the JellyFish Mattress and Pillow that prevent the growth and habitation of mould, bacteria and dust mites in bedding and pillows – reducing your symptoms at night and while you sleep. Regular hot washing and sun drying of bed linen will also assist in killing dust mites. Always look for products that are made with anti-microbial treatments to prevent the growth of mould and bacteria.
If you have an en-suite or built-in wardrobe in your bedroom it is also common for mould to start to grow and spread throughout these areas, triggering your asthma and allergies too. Consider the airflow or humidity levels in these rooms can if it can be improved with better ventilation or dehumidifier.
Bathroom & Laundry
As mentioned above, mould appears in warm, damp environments such as en-suites, bathrooms and laundries and good ventilation is key for prevention.
It is important to also consider cleaning products when looking at your asthma and allergies triggers. Look for products that have fewer harsh chemicals and no fragrances.
Similar to the bedroom, dust mites and pet dander are commonly found throughout living areas in furniture, curtains and flooring (carpets and rugs). Always consider purchasing products that are easy to keep clean and have anti-microbial treatments.
For asthma and allergy sufferers always be careful when vacuuming or sweeping as it is common for allergies to be stirred up with dust mites and pet dander floating in the air for up to 20 minutes during and post vacuuming. There are now allergy and asthma friendly vacuum cleaners available that have a HEPA filter to help retain more particle matter while you vacuum.
Pollen is the most common asthma and allergy trigger outdoors. Always avoid spending time outside on windy, high pollen count days and be careful of thunderstorms throughout pollen season.
Australia was recently announced at the Asthma capital of the world with over 2.7 million Australians suffering from Asthma and 2 out of 5 Australians now have allergies. This World Asthma Day, lets all share our tips and tricks to help each other take control and minimise the asthma and allergy triggers around us.