Asthma is a chronic condition affecting some 25 million Americans, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Children are most at risk, and the following guidelines from KidsHealth.org and About.com may literally help them breathe a bit easier.
Smoke-free Home: Second-hand smoke is dangerous for anyone, but for an asthma sufferer, it can be a serious trigger.
Run the A/C: Air conditioning dehumidifies the air, killing mold spores and reducing the presence of pollen, which is especially important on days when the pollen count is high.
Prevent Dust Mites: While it is impossible to rid a home entirely of dust mites, washing bed sheets weekly in warm water and using dustproof mattress covers can help reduce asthma attacks.
Asthma Inducing Pets: The dander and saliva from some of our furry friends can pose problems. Be sure to have a non-asthma sufferer brush your pets weekly… and keep the animals out of the bedroom!