According to the Asthma Society of Canada, “every year, about 250 Canadians die from asthma. Most of these deaths, however, could have been prevented with proper education and management.” Defined as “chronic inflammatory disease of the airway”, asthma is most commonly associated with difficulty breathing. Most asthmatics describe the condition as one where their chests feel compressed as if someone were “squeezing” their lungs.
Symptoms include shortness of breath, chest tightness, coughing and wheezing. Needless to say, the purity of breathing air is a major concern for an asthmatic. And while the Asthma Society of Canada notes that the cause of asthma is not known and there is no cure, there are many different triggers to the disease that should be avoided. And, as you may have guessed, they all impact that air that we breathe.
Dust mites. Described as “tiny, spider-like creatures that eat the skin particles humans shed”, dust mites are most often found in pillows, sheets, blankets, carpets, stuffed toys, sofas, mattresses and curtains. These regular elements of the home, therefore, should be regularly cleaned and/or laundered to minimize dust mite infestations. This is because “their body parts and droppings contain a substance that can cause inflammation of the airways in those who are allergic.”
Mould. Readers of our blog will not be surprised to learn that mould is an irritant to asthmatics. We’ve made many mentions of the fact that mould growth in the home significantly downgrades the quality of your breathing air. “When moulds reproduce, they release spores into the air that can trigger asthma episodes,” Asthma.ca reminds us, “People with asthma can come into contact with these spores both outside and inside. The air is never free of mould, but you can prevent growth by keeping your house clean and dry all year.”
Pollens. Going outside for some fresh air isn’t always necessarily the best course of action for an asthmatic. Many sufferers complain that they aren’t “outdoorsy” due to the fact that elements of nature trigger the symptoms of their disease. “Pollens are common allergens,” Asthma.ca informs, noting that they can certainly trigger asthma attacks. Pollens produced by trees, grass and weeds are carried by the wind on hot and windy days, says the site.
Air Pollutants. Another reason that going outside isn’t always the best asthma remedy is because of all of the man-made pollutants that exist in our world. Between vehicle exhaust fumes and smog, there are many outdoor triggers to asthma attacks. “The particles in the air along with ozone, cause lung damage and breathing problems in people with asthma,” says the Asthma Society of Canada, “Where possible, avoid going outdoors on days that have poor air-quality indexes.”
Smoke. It probably goes without saying that cigarette smoke is an automatic no-no for asthmatics. In fact, many complain that, among all triggers, it’s the worst for them to be around. “Even secondhand smoke can be a trigger,” says Asthma.ca. This makes it especially important for parents of asthma sufferers to keep their children as far away from any smoke of any kind as much as possible.
At DF Technical & Consulting Services Inc., we consider our Air Quality Services highly important for those who suffer from asthma. The purity of your breathing air is of major importance. Taking steps to improve your indoor air quality should be a top-of-your-list task each and every day. For more information on how we can help, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.