Sufferers of Asthma need to be particularly careful about their environment to reduce exposure to things that might trigger an attack, such as environments which are prone to high levels of dust, damp, and mould.
Research suggests that around 80% of asthma attacks are caused by the inhalation of dust mite waste products.
Dust mite waste is one of the most common triggers of asthma as it is an irritant that gets caught in our lungs. House dust mites live in most houses but can thrive in damp environments where poor ventilation allows dust to build up.
The quality of the air we breathe is a major factor in our respiratory health. Air that is stale or has a lot of dust and other contaminants like mould can trigger reactions, while damp air can also weaken the immune system.
Simply living in a property where there is a damp problem can increase susceptibility to minor illnesses that can trigger asthma attacks.
As well as the general health risks of the damp itself, a damp property creates the perfect environment for other asthma triggers such as dust mites and mould to thrive.
Many asthmatics find that household dust – or rather the dust mite waste that gets mixed into it – and mould spores, are triggers for severe asthma attacks. As such, it is important to minimise exposure to these along with any other triggers that can worsen asthma including Volatile Organic Compounds (chemicals released from household cleaning products and from the fabric of houses).
Reducing condensation which causes damp through improved ventilation will drastically lower the population of dust mites in your home and lead to fewer allergens being present.
Ventilation provides good airflow and allows air to move easily from one room to another and removes the moisture from the atmosphere. This prevents damp patches from being able to form and removes the mouldy environments where dust mites thrive.
If you are worried about the effect of dust mites in your home or have a mould or damp problem that could be affecting your health, it is important to act as quickly as possible. Arrange a survey with one of our local specialists who will be able to recommend a solution to help improve ventilation in your home and help you enjoy better air quality.
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