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John Harun Mwau:How To Control Things That Make Your Asthma Worse

John Harun Mwau:How To Control Things That Make Your Asthma Worse
This guide suggests things you can do to avoid your asthma triggers. Put a check next to the triggers that you know make your asthma worse and ask your doctor to help you find out if you have other triggers as well. Then decide with your doctor what steps you will take.
Animal Dander
Some people are allergic to the flakes of skin or dried saliva from animals with fur or feathers.
The best thing to do:
• Keep furred or feathered pets out of your home.
If you can't keep the pet outdoors, then:
• Keep the pet out of your bedroom and other sleeping areas at all times, and keep the door closed.
• Remove carpets and furniture covered with cloth from your home. If that is not possible, keep the pet away from fabric-covered furniture and carpets.
Dust Mites
Many people with asthma are allergic to dust mites. Dust mites are tiny bugs that are found in every home-in mattresses, pillows, carpets, upholstered furniture, bedcovers, clothes, stuffed toys, and fabric or other fabric-covered items.
Things that can help:
• Encase your mattress in a special dust-proof cover.
• Encase your pillow in a special dust-proof cover or wash the pillow each week in hot water. Water must be hotter than 130º F to kill the mites. Cold or warm water used with detergent and bleach can also be effective.
• Wash the sheets and blankets on your bed each week in hot water.
• Reduce indoor humidity to below 60 percent (ideally between 30-50 percent). Dehumidifiers or central air conditioners can do this.
• Try not to sleep or lie on cloth-covered cushions.
• Remove carpets from your bedroom and those laid on concrete, if you can.
• Keep stuffed toys out of the bed or wash the toys weekly in hot water or cooler water with detergent and bleach.
Many people with asthma are allergic to the dried droppings and remains of cockroaches.
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