24 Million Americans have COPD, A recent study released in November of 2012 by the CDC found Tennessee had the third- highest COPD rate in the country.
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CLEARING THE AIR OF ASTHMA TRIGGERS
10 STEPS TO MAKING YOU HOME ASTHMA-FRIENDLY
- Take it outside. One of the most common asthma triggers in the home is secondhand smoke. Until you quit, smoke outside, not in you home or car.
- Good night, little mite. Dust mites are also triggers for asthma. cover your mattresses and pillows with dust proof zipper covers. Wash sheets and blankets once a week in hot water.
- Play it safe. Ozone and particle pollution can cause asthma attacks. Watch for the air quality index during your local weather report. When you see reports of unhealthy levels, limit outdoor activities
- A little goes a long way. Reduce everyday dust build up by regularly dusting with a damp cloth and vacuuming carpet and fabric covered furniture.
- Stake your claim, Household pets can trigger asthma with skin flakes, urine and saliva. Keep pets brushed and clean.
- Uninvite unwelcome guest. Cockroaches can trigger asthma. Don't invite them into your home by leaving food or garbage out. Always clean up messes and spills and store food in airtight containers.
- Think before you spray. Instead of pesticide sprays, control pest by using baits or traps.
- Mold.... The key to controlling mold is controlling moisture. Wash and dry hard surfaces to prevent and remove mold. Replace moldy ceiling tiles and carpet.
- Reducing the moisture will control asthma triggers like mold and cockroaches and dust mites. Use exhaust fans or open windows when cooking and showering. Fix leaky plumbing or other unwanted sources of water.
- Work with your doctor or health care provider to develop a written plan to manage triggers.