Asthma and Home - Interior
Various factors inside your home can be important triggers or causes for the symptoms of asthma and asthma attacks.
Many people with asthma are sensitive to the droppings of house-dust mites. These are tiny insects that live in the dust that builds up around the house – in carpets, bedding, soft furnishings and soft toys.
If you suspect or know that house-dust mites trigger your asthma, then you may be able to reduce some symptoms by following all the recommendations below:
Ø Use complete barrier covering systems on your mattress, duvet and pillows.
Ø Remove all carpets and replace with hard flooring.
Ø Vacuum all areas frequently. Use a vacuum cleaner that has good suction and a filtered exhaust that does not scatter dust. Damp dust all surfaces or use an attachment on your vacuum cleaner.
Ø Remove all soft toys from beds. Put them in a bag in the freezer for a minimum of six hours every one to two weeks to kill house-dust mites.
Ø Hot wash (at 60 degrees C) sheets, duvet covers and pillowcases once a week. Although some people are allergic to feathers there is no conclusive evidence to show that synthetic hypo-allergenic pillows are any better.
Ø Clean your soft furnishings with anti-house–dust–mite chemicals (although these can sometimes cause symptoms to get worse).
Ø Use a dehumidifier to dry the air, as this makes it more difficult for the house-dust mites to survive.
Ø Ask someone else to vacuum while you stay out of the room.
Carpets and Furnishings