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How to reduce the likelihood of an asthma attack

This is a guest post from Wendy Michaelis founder of fixAIRx – She is an air quality professional in Dallas Texas.  Make sure to check out her website for tons more valuable information and reach out to her if you need your air quality tested.

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There are plenty of studies surrounding common triggers of asthma. Those with allergies cringe at the idea of stepping outside. There are so many factors that could be a real irritant for someone with breathing problems. The easy solution is staying indoors, but even then, you’re not truly safe from what could bother you. Your indoor air quality can be just as bad, if not worse, for your asthma compared to stepping out of your home on a sunny day.

The truth is, your home may contain such pollutants like dust, volatile chemicals from conventional cleaners, mold, and pet dander. For those who don’t have pets, you may feel a sense of relief, but according to David Lang, MD, the head of Allergy/Immunology at the Cleveland Clinic, “Even if you don’t have pets, you’ve probably got pet dander.” This is because even being associated with those who own furry friends can pass the dander along from clothes and you can bring that home with you.

These triggers, found in homes, can act as severe irritants for young children, the elderly, and those who suffer from asthma. Other things to look for is smoke, mold that could be growing on the shower curtain, and even dust clinging to pillowcases. If you experience coughing, chest tightness, and other wheezing problems, these could be the beginning of asthma troubles -which is never a good thing!

As asthma can be life-threatening in some cases, it’s important to take proper precautions when assuring your house is as close to allergen-free as it can be. If you are someone prone to asthmatic attacks, make sure you speak with your doctor about being prescribed an inhaler pump and medication to have as a backup to an attack.

Here are some helpful tips for treating the air in your home to reduce the likelihood of an asthma attack:

  • Smoke outside; don’t allow family members or guests to smoke in your home or car.
  • Be sure to clean your home on a regular basis.
  • Wash sheets and blankets in warm water.
  • Be cautious of the material you are using for pillows, bedding, and furniture.
  • As much as you may not want to, keep pets off the bed and other furniture.

While you may already practice some of these tips, others may seem like a huge commitment to follow. Continuously getting up to smoke may seem annoying, but it will help the air quality of your home and your overall well being. We are tempted to allow our furry friends to sleep wherever we do, but having that much pet dander on your sheets, couch, and clothes is a recipe for disaster. Having allergen-stimulant particles clinging to you all day long is not doing any favors for your asthma.

After a while of practicing these tips, you will see an improvement in your indoor air quality and hopefully, a major difference in the frequency in which you experience asthma attacks. Being short of breath is not a good feeling at all and can cause panic for those experiencing it. While things like stress and certain situations can also cause this, a huge factor is what you are actually breathing into your body. Treating the air in your home will absolutely help!

Author’s short bio:

Wendy Michaelis founder of fixAIRx is an indoor air quality professional in Dallas, Texas. With 5 years in business diagnosing and correcting Poor Air Quality conditions. We offer a wide range of customized environmental & mold testing services in Dallas and at the same time we help find the best solution that fits your families unique needs and budget.


Wendy Michaelis
P: (469) 224-7774

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