How Air Purifiers Can Relieve Asthma Symptoms
Asthma attacks can be brought on by indoor air pollutants like pollen, dust, mold and pet dander. Fortunately, you can take steps to control your environment and your symptoms.
|20.3 million people are affected by asthma, including nearly nine million children under the age of 18||
About 60% of asthma attacks are caused by allergens
One in seven adult cases of asthma is caused by the workplace
Asthma accounts for 24.5 million missed workdays for adults each year in the U.S.
What is Asthma?
Asthma one of the most chronic serious respiratory diseases in children and adolescents, affecting nearly nine million children and more than 10 million adults in the U.S. alone. The most common form is allergic asthma, which is characterized by symptoms that become more intense, perhaps resulting in an asthma attack, when the individual is exposed to allergens to which their immune system is sensitive.
Allergic asthma is characterized by inflammation of the bronchial tubes. The muscles of the bronchial walls tighten and extra mucus is produced, causing the airways to narrow. The result could range from a frequent cough to severe difficulty breathing. In some cases, breathing may be so labored that an asthma attack becomes life threatening.
According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI), 50-80% of asthmatics develop symptoms before the age of five. Asthma can also appear for the first time in a previously healthy adult, or childhood asthma can reappear, when exposed to a new irritant source, such as a new workplace or allergy season.
If you suspect you or your child might have asthma, consult your doctor to create a management plan, determine the proper medication, and develop an asthma action plan that outlines actions to take if the condition worsens. It may also help to take steps to regulate your environment and limit your exposure to certain triggers.
Key symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest tightness
- Difficulty exercising
Key symptoms may be accompanied by:
- Runny nose
- Nasal congestion
- Eye irritation
Tips for Controlling Asthma & Asthmatic Triggers
- Make an appointment with your allergist/immunologist
- Avoid exposure to smoke and car exhaust
- Limit the upholstered furniture or lush textiles as these are filled with allergens
- Vacuum and dust often
- Wash sheets and blankets weekly in hot water
- Keep track of high pollen and mold counts in your area
- Ask your allergist/immunologist about appropiate medication or allergy shots
- Select an air purifier with sufficient coverage for the rooms where you spend most of your time
- Watch for ozone alerts.
- Minimize outdoor activity on days when temperatures are high
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