• Reducing Environmentally-Caused Asthma Triggers in Your Home

    Posted by   |  October 9, 2015
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    With asthma rates skyrocketing in the past several decades, scientists have put themselves to work struggling to find a cause – and a cure – for this dangerous condition. While the findings have not always pointed to a decisive conclusion on either front, a number of recurring factors have shown up in the research. By taking care to remove these common triggers of asthma attacks, you can help protect the people in your own home.

    What Causes Asthma?

    Scientists have never found a single cause for asthma. While they once thought that asthma in fact stemmed from an increasingly clean planet, they have since abandoned this theory in favor of more environmentally conscious ones. Asthma has increased along with rates of pollution, and while it does not necessarily go hand-in-hand with dense population centers, it occurs most often in impoverished areas.

    Most cases of asthma stem from allergic reactions to toxins in the environment. 80 percent of people with asthma have allergies to airborne substances. In order to lessen the threat of these allergens, you can take steps to reduce indoor air pollution in your own home.

    Common Triggers For Asthma Attacks

    Asthma attacks often start when set off by toxic materials in the environment. As such, you can take care to reduce or eliminate the presence of these harmful agents.

    According to the Center for Disease Control, Some of the agents linked to asthma include:

    • Secondhand smoke
    • Mold
    • Dust mites
    • Cockroaches
    • Wood smoke

    According to the EPA, smoke from wood-burning stoves and fireplaces can introduce harmful gases and particles into the air. In addition to asthma attacks, they can also cause severe bronchitis and aggravate heart and lung disease.

    Reducing The Triggers

    Fortunately, you can take steps to reduce each of these triggers, to make your home safe for people with asthma. Often times, the solutions go hand-and-hand with maintaining a clean and healthy home.

    Some ways to reduce asthma triggers include:

    • Refrain from smoking near people with allergic conditions
    • Fix water leaks to limit the presence of mold
    • Clean up residue that may attract cockroaches
    • Replace old heating and cooking appliances with more efficient models
    • Store wood at least six months before burning

    Follow these steps and you should be breathing easy in no time!

    By Brendan Szendro

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