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Asthma is a chronic condition that affects 10% of Canadians in which the main air passages of your lungs (the bronchial tubes) become inflamed.   The muscles of the bronchial wall tighten and extra mucus is produced causing the airway to narrow resulting in minor wheezing to severe difficulty breathing.   Asthma attacks can be life threatening; 400 Canadians die each year from poorly controlled asthma and 80% of these deaths are preventable.

If you happen to be less than 30 years of age, allergies are the probable cause of your asthma and asthma is the most common chronic illness in childhood. Asthma can be triggered by various allergens, smoke, air pollutants and irritants, respiratory infections, physical exertion, cold air, sinusitis or some medications.
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Wheezing
  • Disturbance of Sleeping due to Shortness of Breath
  • Chest Tightness or Pain
  • Increased Need for Bronchodialators (puffers)
  • Decreased Lung Function

The goal with asthma sufferers is to manage the asthma by controlling the triggers.   These specific triggers can be identified with the help of your doctor and an indoor air quality specialist, and therefore be better addressed around your home.  

There are a number of simple steps to reduce the risk of an attack for those who suffer with this condition:

  • Limit areas where allergens can settle, such as carpets, upholstered furniture and clutter.  
  • Use a HEPA filter equipped vacuum (or central vac. if the unit is in the garage) weekly.
  • Keep relative humidity levels between 35-50%.   Allergens (especially mould and dust mites) thrive in moisture over 55%, so keeping the house in this range all year round is important. Run a dehumidifier from May to October.
  • Maintenance on the heating and cooling systems is vital, so be sure to change or clean furnace filters , have ducts cleaned and have the heating and cooling system serviced yearly to ensure everything is working as it should.  
  • Install a central air filtration system to reduce the airborne contaminants that could trigger an attack.  
  • Asthmatics should never be the ones to do the home cleaning, but if need be, clean using a mask and all-natural cleaning products once a week.  
  • Do not smoke or allow people to smoke in your home
  • Keep the home as 'unscented' as possible (i.e. no perfumes, air fresheners, scented fabric softeners, etc.)
  • Ensure dry-cleaned clothes are well ventilated before brought into the home.
  • Moderate exercise can help to strengthen lungs and reduce the chance of an attack.
Limiting the triggers is the key to avoiding potentially serious attacks and making breathing easy around your home simple for your whole family.
If you or someone in your family suffers from asthma, call Home Heroes today for an Indoor Air Quality Assessment of your home to learn what is in the air that your family breathes.   We will find any issues that need remedy and provide a maintenance plan for your family's specific needs.
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