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Spring clean asthma triggers hiding in your home

HealthBy Dr. Karen Palmer
Spring clean asthma triggers hiding in your home

IF YOU are one of the 475,000 people in Ireland who suffer with asthma, this is an especially important time of the year.

Over the winter months dust, dirt and allergens tend to collect, causing a potentially dangerous build-up of asthma triggers in your home. Have a look at our spring cleaning tips for people with asthma.

Do a clear-out 

By donating old belongings to a charity shop or recycling them, you will cut down on dust in the house. Store as much as is feasible in closets and drawers so that they will not collect as much dust.

Dust EVERYTHING

Dust will have collected during the winter months in the corners of rooms, skirting boards or picture rails, in windows, blinds and curtains, so it is important to clean them thoroughly. When dusting use a damp cloth; never flick the dust into the air with a dry duster or feather duster.

Vacuum thoroughly
By using a vacuum cleaner with good suction and a filtered exhaust you will make sure your vacuum cleaner is not
filling your home with allergens. The filters of vacuum cleaners should be changed in accordance with the instructions. It is important to have the windows open while vacuuming, leaving them open for half an hour afterwards. In the bedroom, cover your bed with a clean sheet while vacuuming.

Change all old filters
Filters in air conditioners, air purifiers, dehumidifiers or vents should all be changed; hence incoming air is cleaned, emitting fresh and breathable air into your home.

Blast away mould
Moulds and fungi grow in walls and windows in damp houses. Mould in houses can be a trigger for people with asthma. Good ventilation is important.

Remove mould in bins by washing and disinfecting them. In kitchens and bathrooms clean curtains thoroughly, especially bathroom curtains. People with asthma should know what triggers their condition so they can be aware of what measures to take to avoid them. A Self-Management Plan may help you in managing your condition more easily, with the minimum amount of medication.

A Self-Management Plan will include all details of your asthma medication, what factors to be aware of when your asthma is deteriorating, what steps to take if you have an asthma attack, as well as other emergency information.