Breathe Easy

Medication management ideas, workout tips, and helpful safety advice designed to make living with asthma a little easier.

Clear the Air You Breathe

Simple steps to avoid asthma triggers this spring 

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The air in your home can have a big impact on your asthma symptoms. Breathe easier this spring when you take these steps to make sure that your home is free of common triggers.

Close the windows
Closing the windows during allergy season keeps pollen and outdoor mold where they belong: outside. Showering, washing your hair, and changing your clothes after spending time outdoors can also help keep pollen outdoors.

Keep animals off the bed
For many people, pet dander is an asthma trigger. Dander is dead skin cells that pets shed. Keeping pets out of the bedroom can make you a healthier and happier pet owner. Some experts recommend bathing your pet once a week to reduce dander.

Wash bedding often
Dust mites are tiny bugs found in every home. They can be serious asthma triggers, too. To reduce exposure to them, wash your sheets, blankets, and pillows each week in hot water. To kill the mites, the water must be hotter than 130°F.

Avoid smoke and strong smells
Perfumes, soaps, air fresheners, and household cleaners can contain irritating chemicals. Use nontoxic products and avoid strong smells. Tobacco smoke is another trigger for asthma. If you smoke, the best thing you can do for your asthma is to quit. Ask family members to quit, too. Don’t let other people smoke in your home or car. If you smoke, talk with your doctor about the many options that are available to help you kick the habit.

Watch the humidity
Too much moisture in your home can lead to the growth of mold, which is an asthma trigger. Use a dehumidifier with a humidity monitor to keep the air in your home below 50% humidity. Check for signs of mold in your basement and bathroom, as well as under sinks and counters. If you do find mold, scrub it away or call a professional cleaning service.