Living clean in your home and life
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If your child has asthma, you probably understand triggers — those things that make your child’s asthma symptoms worse, like cold weather, pet dander, or being around smoke. But poor air quality can also trigger flare-ups, so it’s important to know how to take precautions.
How Does Air Quality Affect Asthma?
Pollutants in the air have the same effect on kids with asthma as other triggers. They irritate the airways, making them swell and tighten up, and cause breathing problems.
Pollutants can also make kids more likely to catch upper respiratory infections (like colds), which can bring on asthma symptoms. If allergens in the air are an asthma trigger, pollutants can make the lungs even more sensitive to them.
Cleaning air ducts can reduce allergies and help with asthma and other breathing issues in the home. I know I want to breathe well where I sleep every night.
What Pollutants Affect Breathing?
Particle pollution also can cause breathing problems. It’s created when tiny bits of dust, dirt, smoke, soot, and other stuff hang in the air. The smaller the particles, the deeper they can get into the lungs and cause breathing problems.
How Can I Help My Child?
Check the Air Quality Index
If you live in an area with poor air quality, pay attention to pollution levels. You can get daily information from weather reports (online or in the newspaper) or by visiting the Environmental Protection Agency at www.airnow.gov.
The EPA’s Air Quality Index (AQI) report measures the levels of:
- ground-level ozone
- particle pollution
- carbon monoxide
- sulfur dioxide
- nitrogen dioxide
The AQI varies from season to season, from day to day, and even from morning to evening. In cities with more than 350,000 people, state and local agencies are required to report the index to the public daily. But many smaller communities also report the AQI.
On days when air quality is poor, run the air conditioning and limit your child’s time outside. Plan any outdoor activities for early in the day — when air quality tends to be better — and avoid spending time in areas with a lot of traffic.
If your child is in a sport that practices outside during hot weather, talk to the coach about other arrangements, such as working out in an air-conditioned gym. Also, make sure your child always has quick-relief medicine on hand.
Improving the air quality in your home is also wise. You can do this by cleaning your air ducts and changing your furnace filter regularly. Also, venting all gas appliances to the outside, and avoiding wood fires in your house.
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