Although your home is meant to be a safe space where you can relax, sometimes environmental factors can keep your home from bringing you the comfort you're looking for. In fact, you may find yourself downright miserable in your own home if you suffer from indoor allergies and asthma. That's why we want to take this opportunity to highlight some of the most common indoor asthma triggers, so you know what to look out for. Once you understand what could be triggering your attacks, you'll be able to fight back.
Frequent Causes of Asthma Symptoms
- Dust mites: Dust mites are found in virtually every home. However, they have the potential to set off allergic reactions ranging from a few sneezes to a full-blown asthma attack. To reduce the chance that dust mites will cause an attack for you, make sure you wash your bedding every week and use hypoallergenic mattress covers and pillow cases.
- Tobacco smoke: Smoke can cause pretty serious asthma attacks, even if it's only secondhand or third-hand smoke. What's third-hand smoke, you ask? It's a term that describes the particles and gases that are leftover after a cigarette is extinguished. These particles are absorbed by virtually any surface in the area where someone has smoked. This means your walls, carpets, clothing, furniture, and even your hair may be emitting third-hand smoke if anyone has ever smoked inside your home. In other words, someone doesn't have to be smoking a cigarette right next to you for you to feel the lingering effects of tobacco smoke. Therefore, keeping your home 100% free from tobacco smoke at all times is the best way to reduce your risk of having an asthma attack.
- Pets: Unfortunately, pet dander can also trigger an asthma attack if you're already allergic. So, if you live with pets, try to keep your home vacuumed as much as possible and groom your pet regularly. You may even want to invest in an air purifier.
- Mold: Breathing in mold can definitely exacerbate asthma symptoms and even induce an attack. If you suspect you might have a mold problem in your home, get rid of it right away to minimize your chances of suffering an asthma attack.
To be clear, this list is not exhaustive. There's a wealth of other issues in your home that could be triggering asthmatic attacks, as well. So if you're unsure about the presence of asthma triggers in your home, call Common Sense Inspections Inc. for expert testing in Los Angeles and Seattle. We'll inspect your entire home and help you uncover what's causing your asthma attacks! Call now.