Take other steps to eliminate your asthma triggers
Unfortunately, eliminating asthma triggers isn't as easy as buying an air filter or a mattress cover. You'll never completely get rid of all triggers in your home. Using certain products may help, but other steps are just as important:
- Control trigger sources. Learn what steps to take to limit your exposure to pet dander, rodents, cockroaches, cigarette smoke or other things that trigger your asthma. Use an air filter and consider replacing carpet with hard flooring.
- Clean on a regular basis. Regular, thorough cleaning is critical to keeping asthma triggers at bay. Wash toys and bedding in hot water, and vacuum on a regular basis. Use a vacuum cleaner that has a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, if possible.
- Maintain the products you have. Follow instructions on cleaning and maintaining appliances such as vacuum cleaners and air filters.
Have allergies, but not asthma? These tips may still apply
Some household allergens that trigger asthma can also trigger allergic rhinitis (hay fever) signs and symptoms, such as itchy, watery eyes, a runny nose, and sneezing. Products that claim to be asthma-friendly may also be helpful in reducing your particular allergy triggers. As with asthma, the key to deciding whether a product may help is to determine whether it's likely to reduce your exposure to the triggers that affect you.
When deciding whether to buy a product that might help reduce asthma or allergy symptoms, weigh the potential benefits with the cost in considering your specific triggers and environment. Don't rely solely on manufacturer claims. Get advice from your doctor, and do research on your own to find out which products are worth a try — and which ones aren't.
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