Living Well In Yalobusha County

Asthma And Allergies: Is Your Home Making It Worse?

By Pamela Redwine

Our crochet group will meet Thursday, May 15, at 10 a.m. in the conference room of the extension office. The group is free, but you may want to bring your own yarn and needle.  Mrs. Karol Jarman is our volunteer crochet leader.
The 4-H Club will meet on Thursday, May 15 at 4 p.m. at the Multi-Purpose Building in Coffeeville.
Our 4-H Art Workshop will be held on Thursday, May 22 from 3:30 until 5:30.  During this workshop participants will be working on horse art entries.
Don’t forget our Healthy You Exercise Classes meets on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. at the Extension office in Coffeeville. The nurse will be here Wednesday, May 14 at 8:45 a.m.
The United Y.C. MHV Meeting will be held Tuesday, May 20. The business meeting will be held at 9 am. and at 10 a.m. the members will sew tote bags for the Blair Batson Children’s Hospital.
Asthma and Allergies: Is your home making it worse?

More than 8 million children in the United States have a disease called asthma. Asthma is a leading reason that children miss school or end up in the hospital. However, asthma is not just a child’s disease– many adults suffer too.  Asthma makes it hard for people to breathe. Some-times people even die from asthma. This disease has no cure yet, but it can be controlled.
Asthma Triggers
No one knows what causes asthma. Lots of things set off asthma attacks, though. These things are called triggers.  Some people have only one or two triggers. Other people have many.
Some triggers are things that people are often allergic to. Common ones are pollen (from trees and flowers) and dander (skin flakes from cats, dogs, and other pets). Also, some people are allergic to pests such as roaches, rodents or dust mites. Cigarette smoke is another common trigger of asthma attacks. Other triggers have nothing to do with allergies – cold weather, exercise and strong feelings (laughing, crying).
Other Common Asthma Triggers
• Dust
• Mold
• Carbon monoxide
• Cleaning products like furniture polish or dusting sprays
• Personal care products like hair spray or perfume
• Flu, colds.

Healthy Housekeeping
Clean your home often. Since cleaning puts dusts into the air, have someone without asthma or allergies do it. Wear a dust mask if you can’t find somebody else to clean. .
Keep clutter down. Clutter collects dust and makes it harder to keep a clean home. Store your belongings in plastic or cardboard boxes instead of keeping them in piles or stacks. You can move the boxes to make cleaning easier.
When possible, don’t have carpeting and rugs. Hard floors are much easier to keep dust free. If you do have rugs or carpet, vacuum often.
Keep Down Dust Mites
Use zippered plastic mattress and pillow covers beneath sheets and pillowcases. You can buy them at your local department store or through the mail.  If the mattress cover is uncomfortable, put a mattress pad over it.
Wash bedding including blankets, pillow covers and mattress pads in hot water every week. Temperatures above 130 degrees F kill dust mites.
Control Other Pests
Roaches and rodents can trigger asthma and allergies.  They need food, water, warmth, and shelter to survive. You can control roaches, mice, and other pests by making these things hard to get. 

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