Posted on: 14 September 2016Share
Chronic breathing problems, such as asthma and COPD, often get worse when allergens are present. This is due to an allergic response and is most common in allergic asthma. If you notice that you have more difficulty breathing indoors or that your breathing gets worse after your house is closed up for an extended period of time, you may be suffering from allergy-induced breathing problems. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to reduce your flare ups and begin to breathe easier.
One of the easiest and best things you can do to start breathing easier immediately is to change your furnace filter. Select one that's rated highly for removing allergens from the air. You might also want to look into placing filters in your vents. If it's been a while since your system has been cleaned, have your furnace and duct work cleaned by a professional cleaning service.
Pests, such as cockroaches, leave droppings that can trigger your allergies. If you have any sort of pests, it's vital that you get them under control. Block all areas where pests can enter your home, sealing up cracks and crevices. Keep a clean home to prevent attracting pests. And call an exterminator if you have a pest problem you can't control.
While it's best to remove your carpeting and install hard floorings, such as tiles or laminate, it's not always feasible or affordable. If you must go with carpet, choose a type that has a low, dense pile. This will prevent allergens from collecting deep in the carpet and also make it easier to clean. If you're having trouble breathing, vacuum your carpet daily with an allergy-rated vacuum cleaner. You should also look into having your carpet professionally cleaned 3 to 4 times a year by a service like R & R Steam Cleaning.
Mold can grow anywhere that moisture is present, but it's most common in the bathroom. Stay ahead of the mold and mildew by cleaning your bathroom regularly, including the shower curtain. Inspect the rest of your home, particularly the basement, for signs of mold and mildew. Remove moisture from your home by fixing any leaks and/or installing a dehumidifier.
Allergens can affect how well you breathe, and an allergic flare up can make you very sick. Make sure you breathe easy in your home by eliminating common household allergens, such as dust, pet dander, pest droppings, mold, and mildew.