Living with asthma is a way of life for one of every 14 Americans. Because there is no cure, frightening episodes of wheezing, coughing and feelings of breathlessness are part of life for those with this chronic disease. In honor of Asthma Awareness Month, Mopfrog of Brooklyn, a leading eco-friendly cleaning company, is sharing these tips to help asthma sufferers and the people who love them find ways to breathe easier.
See Your Doctor Regularly
Staying on top of asthma and keeping the symptoms under control is easiest when you work closely with your medical professionals. Regular appointments will allow your doctor to evaluate your condition, measure your lung function and keep you informed of advancements in treatment options that might help alleviate some of the discomfort of your condition.
Take Medication Exactly as Prescribed
Since asthma symptoms range from light to life threatening, some people forget or postpone taking their medication. When the medication levels are not stable, the body must work harder to compensate and this can make symptoms more uncomfortable. If you are forgetful, try setting an alarm on your phone for medication times and make sure you keep your inhaler with you at all times.
Reduce the Triggers
Since it is well known that asthma symptoms are often triggered by environmental conditions, reducing those triggers is the key to living more easily with asthma. Common elements that are known to trigger asthma attacks are:
- Smoke, including wood, cigarette and even lingering smoke odors from second or third-hand sources
- Pets, including pet dander
- Pollen, especially seasonal pollen outbreaks, like ragweed and oak
- Dust and dust mites
- Rodent droppings
- Molds and mildews
Reduce the impact of these triggers by avoiding settings where these triggers exist. In addition, you can breathe easier by taking steps to remove these triggers from your home environment by:
- Designating your home, yard, office and car as no-smoking zones.
- Bathe pets weekly to remove excess dander and wipe their coats with a damp cloth before bringing them back indoors.
- Close your windows and use air conditioning during heavy pollen count seasons.
- Make sure your home is kept clean and as dust-free as possible.
If it has been awhile since your home was given a top-to-bottom cleaning, consider having it professionally cleaned to remove hidden dust and dirt that can aggravate asthma symptoms. Steer clear of cleaning companies that use harsh chemical cleaners that can cause symptoms to flare. Instead, choose an eco-friendly cleaning company, like Mopfrog. They use only all- natural cleaning solutions and methods, as well as specially designed high-filtration vacuums that remove more dust particles and irritants than regular vacuums can. You will be able to breathe easier knowing that your home is clean and dust free!