Breathe Easy: 7 Ways To Create An Asthma-Friendly Home And Reduce Triggers

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Breathe Easy: 7 Ways To Create An Asthma-Friendly Home And Reduce Triggers

Written By Ciara Perkins / Reviewed By Ray Spotts

In case you do not know, your house carries many allergens like dust, mites and pet dander. This may seem like an issue you can overlook, but it is not the same thing when you or your family has asthma.

Luckily, you do not have to tolerate it. There are things you can do to ensure that your house is allergy or asthma-friendly. Here's how:

Have Indoor Plants

This may sound unusual, but indoor plants help purify the quality of air in your home. And better indoor air quality leads to fewer allergy or asthma attacks.

Our suggestion is to add at least one indoor plant per room. You can bring in more in areas where people often gather, like the kitchen, dining area, or living room.

That's because the indoor plants act as a sponge, absorbing the toxins, chemicals, and pollutants present in the air. It will then replace them with oxygen.

Use Eco-friendly Alternatives

Keeping your house clean is an excellent way to make your home asthma-friendly. However, the cleaning products you use contain chemicals that can cause respiratory issues. Some excellent examples are triethanolamine, diethanolamine, and monoethanolamine that are present in laundry detergents.

If you suffer from allergies or asthma, we recommend using eco-friendly cleaners. That's because they often contain natural ingredients.

Another option is to make your all-purpose cleaner. All you need to do is mix equal parts of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle.

Vacuum Often

Allergens and pollutants can trigger your asthma or allergy. That's because these airborne particles can land on the floor or cling to textiles like carpet, curtains, and pillowcases.

Luckily, you can reduce the risk of asthma attacks by vacuuming often. Vacuums with HEPA filters can capture these fine particles. Just remember to use the right kind of attachment for different surfaces to boost efficacy.

Another thing you can do is install an extractor fan and air vent throughout your house. Doing helps improve indoor ventilation, removing asthma-inducing fragments in the air.

Install Heat Pumps

In relation to the previous point, you should also consider installing heat pumps. How can this machine make your home asthma-friendly?

For one, heat pumps come with various filters that can help eliminate odors, irritants, pollutants, and allergens. In our opinion, though, the best filters for an asthma-friendly home are catechin and plasma filters. Regardless, heat pump filters are easy to clean.

And for your convenience, it only makes sense to buy and install heat pumps with the help of a local manufacturer. If you live somewhere in Mount Eden, you can hire the best heat pump installers in Auckland.

Consider the Fabrics You Use

As mentioned earlier, asthma-causing particles can land on the floor, your carpet, curtains, or pillowcases. That said, be careful with the textiles and other materials you use at home. Rugs and throw pillows are notorious for dust build-up if not cleaned regularly.

Do not even think of buying cheap beddings, either, as it will not help your condition. Instead, purchase hypoallergenic mattresses, sheets, and duvets. Doing so can help you prevent dust mites and bed bugs from nesting in your beddings.

If you cannot afford to buy such beddings, you can wash your existing ones in warm water weekly instead.

Keep Your Pet Outdoors

If you have asthma, having a pet can be challenging. But keep in mind that the problem is not often their fur. It is what grows and lives in their hair and skin.

That said, the best way to have pets without triggering your allergy is to keep them outdoors. They can roam around your living room, but do not let your pets in your bedroom.

Grooming your pet should be done outside by someone who does not suffer from allergies. And always wash your hands after having some fun time with your pets.

Don't Forget the Yard

As much as you make the indoors asthma-friendly, you should also be mindful of the triggers present in your yard. Pollen can be problematic to those with asthma, especially during August to March, when pollen counts are the highest.

As such, replace your lawn with pave (a piece of ground with concrete, asphalt, stones, or bricks) wherever possible. Keep the weeds under control as they can also carry pollen. Another option is to plant low-allergen plants like sweet pea, petunia, or pansy.

Lastly, ensure that you are wearing protective goggles, a face mask, and gloves when gardening. And tend your garden during cool, cloudy days.

Conclusion

Here's the thing: Our house contains allergens that can trigger someone's asthma or allergy. The good thing is that there are household tips you can implement to reduce those triggers.

One of which is to ensure that your house is clean and dust-free. Thus, the vacuum is your best friend.

Another is to improve your house's ventilation. You can do this by installing heat pumps, extractor fans, or air vents. Doing so can help you against allergic rhinitis or asthma attacks.

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Written By:

Ciara Perkins is a content marketing specialist with more than three years of copywriting experience. She has worked in diverse industries ranging from marketing to finance, lifestyle, and more. Connect with Ciara on Twitter.

Reviewed By:

Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed , a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at . 

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Kids and their families love boats. Here’s how to keep everyone safer on the water.

Safety ahoy
Life jackets are a necessity for fun on the water—no matter your age. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

Michigan’s beautiful lakes have always made it a boater’s paradise.

The Great Lakes State boasts 40,175 square miles of water. Only Alaska has more, at 94,743 square miles.

That means Michigan also has much higher boat ownership rates than most of the country. About 22% of all Michigan households own some sort of boat, jet ski, canoe, kayak or paddleboard.

Anticipating a post-pandemic push to get back on the water, safety experts say parents and children need to approach this boating season a little differently.

Drownings top the list of worries, said Erica Michiels, MD, who specializes in pediatric emergency medicine at Spectrum Health.

For kids 14 and younger, drowning is the second-leading cause of death, behind motor vehicle accidents. When excluding for deaths as a result of birth defects, drowning is the most common cause of death in the 1- to 4-year-old age group, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Some studies have already found drowning incidents are on the rise in the Great Lakes, with a spike in incidents reported last summer on Lake Huron, Lake Michigan and Lake Ontario.

Beyond this, plenty of other things can go wrong on the lake, turning a day of water fun into a scary trip to the emergency room.

Boats frequently collide with other recreational vehicles, according to the U.S. Coast Guard, which tracks national and state statistics for recreational boating.

Sometimes people are struck by propellers. There are water skiing, wake surfing and tubing mishaps, engine fires and plenty of bad sunburns.

Parents can prevent many of these accidents by focusing on four areas.

1. Make life jackets a priority

Michigan law requires all children younger than 6 to wear a properly fitted life preserver while on the deck of a boat. Boats also need a life preserver available for every person.

“Most people do a good job of following those regulations,” Dr. Michiels said.

But she thinks it’s essential for everyone in the family to wear a life jacket, no matter what.

“People often think, ‘I’m a good swimmer, I could rescue my kids,’ or, ‘Oh, my kid can swim,'” she said. “But how well can anyone swim if they just hit their head in a collision? Or if they are thrown from the boat, unconscious?

“And many boat accidents happen so fast,” she said, “so there’s little time to react.”

Cold water, especially in Lake Superior, adds another risk, she said.

“That causes an immediate hyperventilation response, which can cause people to pass out,” she said. “It can also cause them to breathe so fast that they take in water.”

It’s especially important for teens to see adults wearing life jackets.

“They are often just doing what their parents do,” she said. “But because they have so much less experience operating boats, it’s much more dangerous for them to go without a vest.”

The Coast Guard estimates that life vests could help prevent 80% of all boating fatalities.

Make sure the vest fits right. Check the label for weight or chest size recommendations, according to the Boat U.S. Foundation. Have your child try it on, buckling and tightening all straps. Ask your child to raise her arms, then gently pick her up by the top of the life jacket arm openings.

If it rides up above her ears, it’s too big.

2. Get schooled in regulations

Learn more about boater safety in Michigan. If you plan to let your teen boat alone, insist they take a safety course.

“We do so much with teaching teens drivers ed, but because boating is done on the wide-open water, parents worry less,” Dr. Michiels said.

But just as teens are more likely to be involved in car accidents, they’re more apt to have boating collisions, too.

Jet skis, which can go as fast as 50 mph, can be especially dangerous.

The sharp increase in boat sales during the pandemic—a jump of more than 9% in 2020—makes this more important. While it’s great that more families are out there enjoying the water, it also means there are potentially more inexperienced sailors, creating hazards for everyone.

3. Don’t drink and boat

As tempting as it may be to pack that cooler of beer, reconsider. Alcohol is the most common contributing factor in boating accidents, according to the Coast Guard.

That doesn’t just apply to those operating the boat, but other adults who can easily be distracted from supervising children.

“Watch how people behave on a pontoon boat,” she said. “The adults step on, crack a beer and start enjoying themselves, often forgetting that kids can be especially unpredictable in situations they’re not used to.” 

4. Stay focused

It’s vital for people to remember that drowning is called a “silent killer.”

“If your child falls in the water and starts to struggle, you won’t hear her,” Dr. Michiels said. “She’ll be using all her energy to try and stay afloat—she won’t be able to scream.”

It’s smart to constantly remind yourself that you are your child’s most important safety role model.

“Kids mimic adults,” she said. “The more grown-ups model safe behavior in boats, the more likely they are to have an impact on kids.”

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