Avoiding Asthma Attacks


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avoiding-asthma-attacksThe task of continuously avoiding stimulants such as airborne allergens and other specific irritants which pervade the environment is often difficult if not impossible. While certain food allergens can cause asthma attacks, we will focus on the more difficult asthma irritants to prevent and control throughout your daily routine. The irritants I am referring to and we will be discussing in this article are all the non-food asthma causing allergens.

There are other less-known contributing factors asthmatics should be aware of such as drastic changes in barometric pressure, temperature/ humidity or airborne pollutants. These factors may be avoided by:

  • Not sitting near or in front of air conditioner vents or fans
  • Cover the mouth and nose with a scarf or special mask before going out in very cold air
  • Not entering certain areas of a retail store which have concentrated allergens such as the pesticide aisle in an home improvement store
  • Taking control measure to control airborne dust and dust-mites in your home by using true-HEPA vacuums and air purifiers

People who work or live in areas are forced to avoid areas and indoor environments where pollutants are more concentrated. A person who knows he or she is allergic should try to remove irritating factors from the indoor environment they spend the most time in such as their home or work area. An easy example would be; people suffering from asthma unquestionably not smoke or be around people who smoke indoors; as ongoing exposure to smoke can lead to the development of chronic bronchitis or emphysema in asthma sufferers.

However, airborne particles are the primary asthma causing irritant which can cause an acute attack when exposed to. Unfortunately, these airborne particles are microscopic and cannot be seen by the human eye, yet when they are breathed into the lungs an asthma sufferer does not exhale them. They are referred to as sub-micron (microscopic) “respirable particles.” Most all airborne pollutants which cause asthma attacks in the indoor environment fall into the category of “respirable” which can include but are not limited to:

  • Dust mites
  • Dust mite feces
  • Mold spores
  • Broken-down pesticide dust
  • Broken-down dead insects
  • Bacteria from vacuum cleaner bags
  • Broken down tree and grass pollen
  • and more

People with chronic asthma or other respiratory problems probably have some level of a hypersensitivity (allergic response) to one or more of these respirable allergens found in household dust particles. In fact, it is a protein cell found within these irritants that causes the asthma attack itself. In effect, the asthma sufferer is actually allergic to that particular protein.  In some cases, the concentrations of asthma causing dust particles are even worse in some work environments.

The bottom line to controlling and avoiding asthma attacks directly caused by these airborne dust particles is by limiting the amount of these sub-micron dust particles floating in the air of your home or work. Without doubt the most valuable tool to removing and controlling these asthma causing dust particles is the regular use of a HEPA (High Efficient Particulate Air) vacuum cleaner. I have had clients who virtually eliminated the asthma attack frequencies in their own home just by using my suggested protocol for vacuuming a home with a True-HEPA vacuum.

With the correct knowledge and equipment, it is possible to drastically reduce asthma attacks in your home and work environment. I encourage everyone asthma sufferer reading this to continue to learn more about the methods available for fighting asthma attacks.

About the author: Stan K. Hall a.k.a. The Sick House Doctor is a recognized specialist in Indoor Air Pollution as well as Health & Safety in the home. He has performed over 400 indoor environmental evaluations over the past 26 years and has helped hundreds of homeowners make their homes a haven. He is widely known as the originator of T.E.A.M., the scientifically proven approach to controlling and resolving indoor air pollution.

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