Itchy and watery eyes, general fatigue, trouble breathing… When will it end? It can drive you to the brink, especially this time of year when allergic reactions to the air we breathe are high. When these reactions trigger asthma, it can be downright scary. If you’ve either experienced allergic asthma or watched a family member suffer from it, you know how challenging it is at times.
Have you ever wondered whether there’s a way to manage triggers naturally? Statistics from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) show that half of the nearly 23 million people affected by asthma in 2014 reported having one or more attacks during the year. You can’t always prevent an attack; however, you can exert some control over the most common triggers.
One way to do this is to search for natural options. This may be frustrating at times, but, the good news is many of them are free. Of course, knowing how to manage symptoms naturally doesn’t eliminate the need to see your doctor. Their expertise is still needed to develop an asthma action plan and monitor your medical care. He or she will probably ask you to keep a diary to track how well your symptoms are under control.
Below are some tips to help you make your home allergic asthma friendly—go ahead and test them out to learn what works best for you!
- Control the humidity level in your home. This helps reduce the chance of mildew and mold forming.
- Vacuum your carpet regularly to remove allergens including pollen and feather particles. It will immediately give a lift to the atmosphere in your home.
- Stay inside if pollen counts are high and keep the windows closed.
- Monitor the status of your furnace filter.
- Check your home (especially the basement and bathrooms) for signs of mold. Mold and dust both contribute to indoor air pollution. This adds an additional burden to those suffering from allergic asthma. It can tax the immune systems of your entire family, making them sick.
- Manage your dust mite population. While vacuuming your carpet on a regular basis will go a long way toward this, dust mites abound everywhere including upholstery, bedding and even hot tubs. Keep these other areas cleaned well, too.
- Determine whether you may suffer from pet allergies. There is no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog, but some types of dog coats may cause lower allergic reactions. Other pets such as cats, birds, hamsters or rats are also potential causes of allergies.
- Regular vacuuming helps a lot, but nothing makes as great of a difference as having your carpet professionally cleaned. Well-maintained carpet can actually help with allergies because it reduces the number of airborne contaminants. Roughly 90% to 95% of all dry soil by weight can be removed from carpet by following a routine vacuuming schedule.The key is cleanliness and maintenance. Regardless of the type of flooring, hard or carpet, it must be properly cleaned and maintained.
Since you’ll breathe easier this time of year with doors and windows closed, the truck-mounted steam extraction method provides the greatest benefits when it comes to restoring your healthy home. It’s the “green” method for clearing your environment of toxins and debris.
A deep professional cleaning every 12-18 months is not only recommended, it is usually required to keep your carpet’s warranty in force. Removing the deepest dirt and soil improves indoor air quality, restores a fresher newer look to carpet, and extends its life.
Green carpet cleaning supports your efforts to manage allergic asthma and other health conditions. That’s because it ensures that the water remains continuously hot. This is by far the most effective method of removing soil, debris and allergens that have built up in your carpet over the long winter. It’s also the most earth-friendly carpet cleaning method.
Jason J. Schroeck
Green Clean Restoration & Carpet Care
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