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Asthma and Indoor Air Quality

What is asthma? Asthma is a serious, sometimes life-threatening, chronic respiratory disease that affects almost 25 million Americans, 7 million of which are children. There is no cure for Asthma yet, it can be controlled through medical treatment and management of environmental triggers.

If you find you, or your child, have asthma or the symptoms of asthma, talk to a doctor about your or your children’s health. Your doctor will work with you to keep from having asthma attacks. You will need to learn what triggers your or your child’s asthma attacks, identify asthma triggers in your home, talk about ways to get rid of the asthma triggers in you home, and find out what medicine you or your children can take to help with asthma.

Ask your doctor to help you devise an Asthma Action Plan and learn to prevent your or your child’s asthma attacks. An Asthma Action Plan will help to control your or your child’s asthma on a regular basis.  The EPA has a copy of an Asthma Action Plan on their website at: http://www.epa.gov/asthma/pdfs/asthma_action_plan.pdf.

Lastly, asthma proof your home. Asthma triggers are a part of everyday life. Asthma attacks can be triggered by things like mold growing on your shower curtain or tiny dust mites that live in blankets, pillows, or stuffed animals. Make sure to rid your home of asthma triggers to live a happy healthy life.

For more information on asthma and indoor air quality, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/asthma/about.html#Asthma_Triggers

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