Asthma attacks are usually triggered by an allergic reaction. We all want to create a clean and safe environment for our children. Here are some tips!
1. Wash bedsheets weekly
Most people with asthma are sensitive to dust mites. Dust mites feed on the skin flakes you shed at night and the pillowcase is a buffet for them! Experts recommend washing your beddings every 7-10 days.
2. Take off your shoes when you enter the house
26.4% of shoes carry Clostridium difficile and 40% of shoes carry Listeria monocytogenes. The Asian practice of taking off your shoes outside the house actually helps to reduce children’s exposure to allergens & germs!
3. Use HEPA filters
HEPA stands for High-Efficiency Particulate Air. HEPA filters can be found in air purifiers, air-conditioning units or vacuum cleaners. The particle that triggers allergies are not just airborne, but in your rugs, carpets and table tops too. Vacuum and clean regularly!
4. Choose washable rugs over permanent carpets
Your carpet can be up to 4000 times dirtier than your toilet seat! Bacteria & viruses can even live in your carpet for weeks. If you have to have them, get it professionally cleaned at least once a year!
5. Keep smoke and smokers away
Cigarette smoke is one of the most significant triggers. Smoke doesn’t just hang around in the air, but also on your furniture, hair & clothes. It’s not just enough to smoke outside because you bring the allergens in with you. Quitting altogether is the safest way, and it puts you on the way to better health yourself anyway.
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