The ‘World Asthma day’, which is an annual event taking place on Tuesday 7th may this year, is organized to raise awareness about asthma and the measures that could be implemented to keep in control. The chronic disease which affects lung and causes severe breathing problem has around 235 million people suffering from it; in fact, it is one of the common chronic disease affecting children. Though asthma cannot be cured, the symptoms of it can be kept in check by avoiding drugs and environmental triggers that may set an onset of an attack.
Indoor agents play a pivotal role in setting a trigger. They could be tobacco smoke, mold particles, dust mites, pests, and roaches, etc.
Mold spores which can readily dissipate in the air often settle on damp conditions which then multiply and spread. The microscopic fungi can be found anywhere from indoors to on animals or plants etc. Unfortunately, these are one of the common allergy triggers, especially for asthma, so removing it is quintessential to maintain a good indoor environment. If mold is found on a hard surface, disinfect it with soap and water and allow it to dry completely. Also, any leaking water source should be corrected immediately, followed by installing a proper exhaust system to remove indoor humidity.
Chemical pollutants such as emissions from hair spray, cosmetics, pesticides, paints, and cleaning agents do have the probability of triggering an asthma attack. Be it in school or homes, the irritants are found pretty commonly and can easily worsen asthma conditions. Opening the window or using an exhaust system can be effective in dispelling the trigger pollutant.
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Simple steps to nullify indoor air pollution
Now that you get a gist of different allergens and pollutants that can inconspicuously swarm your homes, here are some handy tips to keep your indoor air free of such pollutants.
|1.||Ventilate your homes well by opening a window or using an exhaust system to let the stale air outside and replenish with a good one. Proper air circulation also prevents conditions of damp and excess humidity.|
|2.||ACs work great for regulating indoor air quality and humidity. However, the filters which purify the air are often filled with germs and pollutants which on continuous deposition can deter it’s working. Routinely clean your filters and keep them spotless for best results.|
|3.||Replace strong cleaning agents with mild ones or natural ones such as vinegar and lemon that do not leave a toxic trail behind.|
|4.||Dust mites, a common allergen responsible for poor indoor air, can settle on various surfaces of your home, such as your sofa, curtains, or beddings, etc. Clean your fabric surfaces routinely and if you are owners of pets, keep them off your bed and sofas to reduce animal dander.|
|5.||Introduce greenery into your homes, such as bamboos, ivy, fern, Aloe Vera and other houseplants as some of the plants, apart from improving the aesthetics of your home, provide oxygen while also aiding in filtering out certain air pollutants.|
|6.||Regularly clean your floor and furniture surfaces using moping and vacuuming to remove chemicals, dust mites, and other contaminants.|
|7.||Activated charcoal is a natural way of purifying your indoor air by readily eliminating air pollutants from your homes.|
|8.||Cigarette smoke has around 4000 chemicals which can heavily impair the air quality of your homes. In fact, second-hand smoke is known to cause serious health problems among children. So keep your home free of cigarette and tobacco smoke.|