6 Steps You Can Take to Prevent Asthma Attacks

Living with asthma is hard, but these six tips from the Air Treatment Company can help make it a little easier…

1. Always have your inhaler on hand.

For those that suffer from asthma, inhalers are your best friend – always keep yours readily accessible. If you feel an asthma attack coming on, the last thing you want is to be without your inhaler.

2. Know your triggers – and avoid them.

Everyone who suffers from asthma has their own unique triggers; whether that is cigarette smoke, pollen, dust, or certain fragrances. Keeping an asthma diary may be helpful in identifying your specific triggers so that you can avoid them.

3. Invest in hypoallergenic pillow and mattress covers.

Your mattress, pillows, and bed sheets can harbor large quantities of dust mites – a common trigger for those who suffer from asthma. Invest in a hypoallergenic cover for your bedding and wash your sheets every week in hot (130° F) water.

4. Control humidity levels.

High humidity makes it hard to breathe, whether you have asthma or not. High humidity in your home can also lead to mold – a toxic fungus than can trigger asthma attacks on its own.

5. Have your HVAC system serviced each season.

Your central air and home heating system both have air filters which need to be routinely cleaned or replaced. An annual tune up from a certified technician will ensure that your HVAC system is operating safely, and not contributing to your breathing problems.

6. Improve your indoor air quality.

Many people don’t know this, but the air in your home can be up to ten times more polluted than the air outside. Investing in an air purification system for your home can help eliminate some harmful airborne particles, but you should also be making a conscious effort to improve your air quality by following tips such as these.

If you live in Fairfax County, Virginia, count on the indoor air quality experts at Air Treatment Company to minimize pollution in your home. We offer air purifiers, whole-home dehumidifiers, and a variety of other services to improve your indoor air quality. Contact us online or call (703) 270-0881 for more information.

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