Clear Your Home of Asthma Triggers
|Asthma is a serious lung disease.
|If you have asthma or a child with asthma, you are not alone.
|The air that children breathe can make a difference.
|Below are five common asthma triggers found in homes and what you can do to reduce you and your child's exposure to them.
Not all of the asthma triggers listed here affect every person with asthma.
Not all asthma triggers are listed here.
See your doctor or health care provider for more information.
Asthma can be triggered by the smoke from the burning end of a cigarette, pipe, or cigar and the smoke breathed out by a smoker.
Dust mites are too small to be seen but are found in every home.
Dust mites live in mattresses, pillows, carpets, fabric-covered furniture, bedcovers, clothes, and stuffed toys.
Your pet’s skin flakes, urine, and saliva can be asthma triggers.
Molds grow on damp materials. The key to mold control is moisture control.
If mold is a problem in your home, clean up the mold and get rid of excess water or moisture.
Lowering the moisture also helps reduce other triggers, such as dust mites and cockroaches.
Droppings or body parts of pests such as cockroaches or rodents can be asthma triggers.
|House dust may contain asthma triggers. Remove dust often with a damp cloth, and vacuum carpet and fabric-covered furniture to reduce dust build-up. Allergic people should leave the area being vacuumed. Using vacuums with high efficiency filters or central vacuums may be helpful.
When your local weather forecast announces an ozone action day, stay indoors as much as possible.
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National Academy of Sciences Report - "Clearing the Air: Asthma and Indoor Air Exposures"
Two years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asked the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to undertake an assessment of the role of indoor air quality in the growing asthma problem. EPA asked NAS to characterize the state of the science on health impacts and prevention strategies, and to provide recommendations on needed research. In response to this request, the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine has issued a report, Clearing the Air: Asthma and Indoor Air Exposures, on the role of indoor environmental pollutants in the development and exacerbation of asthma. The report affirms the Administrator's asthma initiative to educate the public about the ways they can help control asthma by managing indoor air quality. The report concludes that exposure to indoor pollutants is an important contributor to the asthma problem in this nation. Asthma sufferers should consult with their doctor about reducing their exposure to secondhand smoke, dust mites, pet dander, molds, and cockroaches. The executive summary of the NAS report is available at