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World Asthma Day–and Asthma Awareness Month!

Posted on May 01, 2012
by Wendy Stackhouse

World Asthma Day

Big day today–May Day and all!

Happy spring!

It is also World Asthma Day and the first day of National Asthma Awareness Month here in the US!

What do you know about Asthma?

The name derives from a Greek word meaning “panting” and that’s a pretty good description!  Asthma is a chronic inflammation of your airways and the symptoms include wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath and chest tightness.

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Allergens and contaminants can trigger symptoms of asthma, but there can be genetic factors present as well.  Asthma can also be induced by heavy exercise and is often diagnosed in bicycling, long distance running and mountain biking athletes.

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Some people can also suffer from workplace-induced asthma: it has been reported that 15-23% of adult-onset asthma is workplace related.  Asthma triggers in the workplace include:  flour, latex, animal proteins, enzymes and reactive chemicals.

Volatile Organic Compounds (like the chemicals in building materials, carpeting, cleaning products, paint and new furniture) are also an important consideration for people who suffer from asthma, especially children.  See our blog about the chemicals in a new baby nursery HERE.

Asthma symptoms can be worse at night and in the early morning hours, causing sleep problems which can exacerbate the asthma and other health issues.  See our blog about improving an asthmatic child’s bedroom HERE.

How do you prevent asthma?  Well, the only thing there really is to do is to avoid triggers.  Stay away from tobacco smoke, use low or non-VOC products, follow the tips we talked about in our blog  HERE.

If you suffer from asthma, take good care of yourself and pay attention to your indoor environment.  If you work with possible asthma triggering substances, follow all appropriate safety rules.

And don’t smoke!

Here are some great resources about Asthma if you want more information:

American Lung Association about Asthma

Environmental Protection Agency Asthma page

World Asthma Day on Facebook

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

Wendy Stackhouse is the Online Community Manager for AirTek Indoor Air Solutions and our affiliate Alliance Environmental Group.  We welcome your comments!  For more news and tips or to ask questions of our experts, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!  For updates on environmental services like mold remediation, lead removal and pest control including bed bugs, Like us at Alliance Environmental  on Facebook or follow Alliance on Twitter!

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