- Poor Air Quality
- Tobacco Smoke
- Smoke from Wood Burning Stoves
- Volatile Organic Compounds
- Dust Mites
- Pet dander
- Poorly Maintained Appliances
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Trigger Description and What you can do
Dust mite droppings are commonly associated with worsening of asthma. Dust mites live in the dust particles that collect in our homes. They are most common in humid places because dust mites require high humidity.
What you can do:
Maintain low humidity levels ideally between 30% - 50% relative humidity. Humidity levels can be measured by hydrometers which are available at local hardware stores. (about $10-$50)
Use an air conditioner during warm weather, if possible. Central air systems are the best.
Remove dust often with a damp cloth.
Vacuum carpet, fabric window coverings, and fabric-covered furniture at least once a week. Using vacuums with high efficiency filters may be helpful. Wear a mask while vacuuming or ask someone else to vacuum for you.
Cover mattresses, box springs and pillows with special allergen-proof fabric covers. Avoid down-filled comforters or pillows.
Wash bedding (such as sheets, bedcovers and blankets) weekly in hot water.
Avoid upholstered furniture that can trap allergens.Replace dust collecting blinds and long drapes with window shades or washable curtains.