If you or someone in your family has asthma, you know the right medication is important to keep it controlled. But did you know that having an asthma-friendly home is just as important?
Triggers, things that can cause asthma attacks, can hide in your home in places you might not expect. And since we spend at least half of each day at home, those triggers can add up, making it hard to manage your asthma.
But there is good news. You can make changes to your home to remove or reduce triggers and make it asthma-friendly for everyone.
We offer a free Asthma-Friendly Home Checklist that can help you reduce triggers. You can go through this list with everyone in your home that has asthma. It can help you:
- Figure out asthma triggers
- Learn more about different types of triggers
- Find where triggers are most likely to occur
- See how to fix or remove triggers
You can download the checklist in English or Spanish:
- Asthma-Friendly Home – A Checklist for Families – English
- Asthma-Friendly Home – A Checklist for Families – Spanish
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For example, if you or your child has trouble breathing when pollen is high, that could mean pollen is a trigger. Keeping windows closed during high pollen seasons, like spring and fall, can reduce pollen that gets in the home.
Or you might notice you have more symptoms around pets. If that is the case, you can reduce symptoms by keeping the pet out of your bedroom, vacuuming weekly, and washing rugs in hot water.
The Asthma-Friendly Home Checklist is part of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's Wee Breathers program. Wee Breathers provides asthma education to families of children with asthma.
Small changes can make a big difference. Following the steps in this checklist can go far to help everyone in your home manage asthma better.