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Asthma

American Environmental Labs performs Indoor Air Quality Inspections that can include: Mold, Dog, Cat, Mice, Cockroach and Dust analysis by sampling the residence air stream.

Asthma and indoor air pollutants

Allergens such as mold, household pests (i.e., dust mites and cockroaches) and even your pets can cause asthma symptoms to flare up.  Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to avoid these asthma triggers.

Household pests and asthma

Here are some ways to decrease exposure to these indoor allergens:

  • Limit the amount of carpeting and upholstered furniture
  • Use covers that don’t let dust or mites through (“allergen-impermeable”) for mattresses and pillows
  • Wash sheets and blankets weekly in hot water (at least 130º F)
  • Limit stuffed toys and wash them weekly
  • Keep the indoor humidity level below 50%
  • Vacuum, clean, and dust on a regular basis
  • Central Vacuum Systems assure the removal of mold spores from the residence.
    • Install a Central HEPA Filtration System on the furnace.
    • Filter to 0.3 micron.

Asthma and pets

Your pets may cause asthma symptoms to become worse. To reduce exposure to pet allergens, keep pets out of the bedroom and use a HEPA filter.

The use of High Efficiency Furnace Filters (3M Filtrete or similar) lowers the transfer of dust.

If these methods don’t help, you may have to re-home your pets.

Asthma symptoms checklist

Do you have trouble breathing? It may be asthma.  Fill out this checklist and use it to go over your symptoms with your healthcare provider.

Place a check mark in the box next to any symptom you have had.

  • A whistling or wheezing sound when you breathe
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness or pain

Do any of these things make your symptoms worse?

  • Exercise
  • Viral infection (Colds or the flu)
  • Animals with fur or hair
  • Dust mites (in mattresses, pillows, upholstered furniture, carpets)
  • Mold
  • Smoke (tobacco, wood)
  • Pollen
  • Changes in weather
  • Laughing or crying hard
  • Airborne chemicals or dust

Do your symptoms get worse at night or wake you up?

  • Yes
  • No

Taken From: NHLBI Expert Panel Report 3 (EPR3): Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma