Asthma can be triggered by substances in the environment, activities that the asthmatic person engages in, or conditions that he or she is exposed to. These triggers either worsen the symptoms of asthma, or cause flare-ups. For families with children who have asthma, it is important to understand exactly what these triggers are so that you can plan out a strategy to avoid them.
To avoid triggering your child’s asthma, here are 6 of the most common asthma triggers and how you can avoid them:
1. Pollen Pollen are tiny grains released by plants for the purpose of fertilization, so tiny that they can be carried by the wind, scattered outdoors and even brought indoors. Avoid spreading and circulating pollen indoors by using a good quality air filter. These filters remove the pesky asthma-triggering particles floating around and make sure the air you and your family breathe is safe and clean.
2. Cigarette Smoke Smoke from cigarettes can cause the body’s airways to swell, become narrow and filled with sticky mucus. In asthmatic children, this exacerbates the symptoms of asthma so smoking should be avoided by all members of the family.
When outdoors, make sure to keep your children away from the usual smoking areas especially if you live in states that still allow smoking in bars and restaurants.
3. Cold weather Cold weather can also cause asthma attacks to happen more frequently. To avoid asthma attacks during colder seasons, make your child drink more fluids that they normally do and the entire home clean and warm.
When your child needs to face the cold head-on, carry an inhaler and have them wear a scarf or mask over their face to warm the air that they breathe.
4. Dander Pet dander has protein, which can trigger an allergic reaction in asthmatic individuals. Avoid this asthma trigger by making sure that your pet is properly cleaned and cared for regularly. Make sure to clean your house religiously by removing any pet dander.
5. Mold Mold can grow in just about any dark and damp areas in your home. Cut down their growth by cutting down on moisture, especially in areas that are seldom reached by sunlight. Air conditioner and furnace filters can help reduce moisture in the air so make sure to replace or clean them regularly.
6. Insects Insects, particularly roaches and dust mites, can cause an allergic reaction and trigger an asthma attack. Keeping your home clean and dust-free can keep these creepy crawlies at bay. When going outdoors, consider spraying your child with an organic bug spray so they won’t be bitten or stung.
With proper planning, you can avoid these asthma triggers and lessen the instances of asthma attacks. For a more detailed guide on childhood asthma, you can check out this useful infographic from Filter Buy.
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