Itchy, watery eyes.
When will it end?
It can drive you to the brink, especially this time of year when allergic reactions to the air we breathe are high.
When these reactions trigger asthma, it can be downright scary.
You just want to breathe easy and enjoy life.
If you’ve either experienced allergic asthma or watched a family member suffer from it knows how challenging that seems at times.
Have you ever wondered whether there is a way to manage triggers naturally?
Statistics from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) show that half of the nearly 23 million people affected by asthma in 2014 reported having one or more attacks during the year.
You can’t always prevent an attack; however, you can exert some control over the most common triggers.
Searching for natural options to manage and control your allergic asthma may be frustrating. The good news is many of them are free.
Of course, knowing how to manage symptoms naturally doesn’t eliminate the need to see your doctor.
You still need her expertise to develop an asthma action plan and monitor your medical care. She’ll probably ask you to keep a diary to tracks how well your symptoms are under control.
These tips will help you make your home allergic asthma friendly.
Most of them are natural.
Test them to learn which ones work for you.
- Control the humidity level in your home. This helps reduce the chance of mildew and mold forming.
- Vacuum your carpet regularly to remove allergens including pollen and feather particles. It will immediately give a lift to the atmosphere in your home. Besides, not cleaning your carpet is a lot like holding an awesome party for things that can cost you time and money. Your busy schedule may not allow for the extra hassles that only a few minutes of regular vacuuming might save you.
- Stay inside if pollen counts are high, and keep the windows closed.
- Monitor the status of your furnace filter.
- Check your home, especially the basement and bathrooms, for signs of mold. Dust and mold contribute to indoor air pollution. This adds an additional burden to those suffering from allergic asthma. It can tax the immune systems of your entire family, making them sick.
- Manage your dust mite population. While vacuuming your carpet on a regular basis will go along way toward this, dust mites abound everywhere including upholstery, bedding, and even hot tubs. Keep these other areas cleaned well, too.
- Determine whether you may suffer from pet allergies. There is no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog, but some types of dog coats may cause lower allergic reactions. Other pets such as cats, birds, hamsters, or rats are also potential causes of allergies.
You may have never looked at your home carpet as the largest dust filter in your home, but it’s true.
If you haven’t cleaned your carpets since before The Holidays, plenty of dust and other debris have made their home there.
Regular vacuuming helps a lot, but nothing makes as great a difference as having your carpet professionally cleaned.
Well-maintained carpet can actually help with allergies because it reduces the amount of airborne contaminants. 90 to 95% of all dry soil by weight can be removed from carpet by following routine vacuuming schedule. The key is cleanliness and maintenance. Regardless of the type of flooring, hard or carpet, it must be properly cleaned and maintained.
Since you’ll breathe easier this time of year with doors and windows closed, the truck-mounted steam extraction method provides the greatest benefits when it comes to restoring your healthy home. It’s the “green” method for clearing your environment of toxins and debris.
A deep professional cleaning every 12-18 months is not only recommended, it is usually required to keep your carpet’s warranty in force. Removing the deepest dirt and soil improves indoor air quality, restores a fresher newer look to carpet, and extends its life.
Green carpet cleaning supports your efforts to manage allergic asthma and other health conditions. That’s because it ensures that the water remains continuously hot.
This is by far the most effective method of removing soil, debris, and allergens that have built up in your carpet over the long winter. It’s also the most earth-friendly carpet cleaning method.