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What is asthma? How to asthma-proof your home

Find out about the signs of asthma and how you can asthma-proof your home.


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What is asthma?

Asthma is a respiratory condition that’s usually connected to allergic reactions. It’s long-term and, when someone has a flare-up, the airways that let us breathe narrow and the lining in the airway can start to swell. It’s pretty scary stuff!

Learn your own asthma causes and what triggers your flare-ups so you can asthma-proof your home against these specific things. Airborne irritants such as dust or mould are a known cause of asthma, so make sure your home is free from these triggers by keeping it spotless with the help of a surface cleaner, like Handy Andy.

Asthma signs and symptoms

If you think you might be suffering from it, make sure you know the signs of asthma. To make this easier, we’ve put a few of them right here for you to take a look at:

  • Shortness of breath

  • Chest pain or tightness

  • Trouble sleeping because of shortness of breath

  • Wheezing or a whistling sound when breathing out

  • Coughing attacks

What causes asthma attacks?

No one knows exactly why some people get asthma and others don’t - that remains a mystery! But there are asthma causes that we know can set off reactions in those affected, including:

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  • Airborne irritants - dust, smoke, pollen, mould spores, and particles of cockroach waste

  • Physical exercise

  • Cold air

  • Certain medications - beta blockers, aspirin, ibuprofen

  • Preservatives in certain foods

These are just some of the potential reasons why asthma sufferers can have flare-ups, and, as you can see, some just can’t be avoided! That’s exactly why asthma sufferers should carry their inhaler with them at all times, just in case they have a reaction. You can also try home remedies for asthma to alleviate the symptoms.

Asthma-proof your home

When it comes to asthma prevention in your own home, there are plenty of things you can do! The most obvious is regular dusting and vacuuming, which will stop dust mites from triggering your flare-ups. You can also use dust mite-proof bed sheets and blankets to keep you safe.

When looking at how to prevent asthma, it’s also good to know what causes your flare-ups. So, if you know cold air triggers yours, make sure you have good heating in your home and don’t let it get too chilly. You should also always make sure mould isn’t growing in your house and use a mask when cleaning to avoid being irritated by the cleaners you use.

When it comes to how to prevent an asthma attack, the best advice is to be aware. Know your triggers, know how to prevent them, and always carry your inhaler. Asthma is a very serious condition, so you need to take prevention seriously too.

  • Clean away food after eating.

  • Tack garbage out regularly.

  • Fix any leaks as soon as possible - cockroaches love water!

  • Block openings to the outside where cockroaches could enter, such as around windows and doors.

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