Asthma is a long-term chronic respiratory condition and has become more common among children over the past few years. Inflammation and narrowing of the airways in the lungs causes symptoms like cough, wheeze, shortness of breath and chest tightness. Changes in the weather, lifestyle choices and air quality are major factors affecting the condition, but maintaining clean air in your indoor environment can help.
Triggers in your home
Particulate matter, TVOC, high CO2, humidity and temperature of your indoor air can aggravate Asthma. High CO2 means Carbon Dioxide is displacing the oxygen in your room. Dust, pollen, dander, smoke increase the PM levels. Air fresheners, wall paint, cleaning chemicals release gases that add to Total Volatile Organic Compounds. Humidity and temperature allow a breeding ground to mold, spores and dust mites.
Are you vulnerable?
Poor indoor air quality can develop asthma in healthy people and trigger attacks in those with existing symptoms. It is the most chronic respiratory disease among children. Although it is a long-term condition, it can go away in children with the right steps, but can also return later in life if not cautious.
How to manage it?
Air purifiers with HEPA filters are most effective in managing pollutants that can trigger asthma or create conditions that can lead to development of respiratory problems. If you are not sure whether your air purifier is effective, you can opt for an air test to check if it is reducing pollutants in your indoor air.