Asthma at Home
Many common asthma triggers can be found where you live. Air pollutants found inside the home can cause asthma symptoms. Common asthma triggers found inside the home include:
- Dust and dust mites
- Cockroaches and mice
- Pet dander
- Mold and mildew
- Smoking and secondhand smoke
- Wood smoke and fires
- Strong odors from cleaning products
- Fragranced products (such as air fresheners and personal care products)
Do you know what your causes your asthma symptoms to start? Could your home be making you sick? Triggers can vary from person to person and what affects one person may not affect another. It is important to recognize what triggers cause your asthma symptoms and help you better manage your disease. Working with your healthcare provider can help you recognize what makes your asthma worse and help find simple solutions to reduce and avoid asthma triggers. Removing indoor air pollutants that are found inside the home can help some people with asthma gain better control.
Here are a few Tips to Keep Pollution Out of your home.
Once you know what triggers cause your symptoms, you can take action to limit your exposure to them. Below are three ways to deal with your triggers.
- Avoid them. Keep your environment free of the things that cause your asthma symptoms.
- Limit exposure. If suddenly faced with a trigger, move away from it as quickly as possible.
- Take action. If you can't avoid a trigger, ask your healthcare provider if you can use quick-relief medicine to prevent a flare-up.
To learn more about how to keep the air in your home healthy visit our Healthy Air at Home page.
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