Asthma is a condition affecting the airways that carry air in and out of the lungs. It is currently estimated that asthma affects around 334 million people around the world.
Often there are specific things that trigger an asthma attack. Whilst often asthma can’t be cured, there are practical things that you can do to make your home environment less likely to trigger an asthma attack.
What’s an asthma trigger?
An asthma trigger is anything that can set off an asthma attack by irritating your sensitive airways. Pets, dust, pollen, cigarette smoke and even the cold weather can all be triggers. Reducing exposure to asthma triggers is one of the most important steps you can take to prevent asthma flare-ups.
Carpets can harbour many allergy-causing substances that can trigger asthma. Carpet in the bedroom may be problematic because it exposes you to carpet dust and dust mites which are common triggers, throughout the night. Hard-surface flooring such wood, laminate or vinyl is much easier to keep free of dust mites, pollen, pet dander and other allergens.
If you love your carpets and can’t bear the thought of getting rid of them, then a proper cleaning and maintenance regime is essential to minimise your exposure to allergens.
Regular cleaning using a good quality vacuum cleaner is essential. If your old vacuum cleaner isn’t cleaning as well as it should, then it may be worth replacing it. There are many cleaners on the market today that are specifically aimed at helping allergy sufferers. They not only clean better, but have better filters to remove particles that may otherwise escape back into the air through the vacuum cleaners air outlet.
As well as hoovering your carpet regularly,, a professional clean on a regular basis can help to keep dust mite and other allergen levels down to a level where they don’t cause you problems. If that isn’t enough, then it may be worth replacing carpeting with hard flooring.
Some hard flooring materials such as vinyl, release volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) which are an asthma trigger for some people. Usually this stops after a few days, but if you are concerned, seek out low VOC flooring.
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