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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Kitchen

RSkalak ·
We don’t have any carpet except in the basement. We plan on getting rid of it! We thankfully have linoleum floors in the kitchen. Hardwood floors throughout the house. I dust and vacuum each week. When I clean I wear gloves and a mask and ventilate well during the whole time I am cleaning. I take my used fabric softener sheets from the dryer and wipe them across the counters and shelves. The desk from coming back longer!
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

GigiGibson ·
I developed adult onset asthma in 2016. Unfortunately it is severe. I took it seriously in part because I am a nurse but because I ended up in the ED three times September 2016. I have never been more scared. I thought I was going to die the first time. I began to read up on taking control of all I could. I bought an air purifier, actually my husband did as I was couchbound. I bought a mattress cover, pillow covers and new pillows. Recently I decluttered my room and took out scarves I had...
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

Art Scott ·
At age 58, 5 years ago, I was diagnosed with asthma and allergies. I do my best to sweep the carpets, clean bed sheets, the mattress and dust the rooms. It is an on-going process and a air purifier would be a great help. It is scarry when I can't catch my breath enough to use the rescue inhaler. I use 2 inhalers and singular on a daily basis and any help would be great. Thanks for this offer Dyson!
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Gloria ·
Whoever wins, please post after you have had it for a little while and let the rest of us know how it is working for you.
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Kitchen

Xsolngngoodnitex ·
I manage the air quality in my home by staying on top of cleaning. The best I can at least. Despite my best efforts, I go into full allergy suffering weekly. I keep reading articles to better improve air quality. I need to. Especially for my child that has Autism and suffers from allergies too. This would help all of us in our home!
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

Shawjan51 ·
I have improved the air quality in my bedroom by: not using carpet,using an air conditioner with a good filter during the summer,using allergen blocking mattress and pillow covers and washing my sheets in hot water once a week! This has made a big difference in controlling my asthma and allergy symptoms!
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Re: Improve Air Quality to Make Your Workplace Better for Employees With Asthma

K8sMom2002 ·
@RSkalak , hugs on the lack of support from work. It sounds like your environmental allergies are tough to manage! The Asthma and Allergic community forums are a great place to get support from folks who have been there and done that!
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

Jerry ·
Thank you for this information! I'm just getting started in improving air quality in my home and this was very helpful. I have a Split Level home and it's not ideal to have a whole house air purifier. Looking at stand alone ones, especially for my bedroom, will hopefully help me sleep better.
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Kitchen

Chosenvessell ·
I try to put produce and certain foods prone to mold inside ziploc bags before throwing in the trash. I try to keep the kitchen dry, counters wiped down, stove free of food and debris. It is tough because my son has moved back in and is making it difficult to maintain my housekeeping standards.
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

Allergy Mom ·
I have a 5 year old with cough variant asthma. In the fall and winter (perhaps due to the season change?), I notice his coughing becomes much worse at night and in the morning. I am new to dealing with asthma (not having it myself), and am trying to find ways to ease his symptoms. This post and the comments were helpful! I’m going to make sure to do the following: -showers at night -air purifier for his room -thinking of taking out the carpet in his bedroom -washing pillows and bed linens...
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

Gloria ·
Allergymom: have you had him tested for allergies? I would say that is the first step. Once you find out what his allergies are, you can zero in on the things you need to concentrate on. I too have cough variant asthma. I actually have no allergies, but I do have severe sensitivity to fragrance, so I have to be very careful with shampoos, soaps, laundry detergent and anything else that has added fragrance. (There are so many things that do). Good luck with helping your little gut to feel better.
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Kitchen

Kristerunn ·
I am always wiping down my kitchen counters and drying them after. Cleaning the inside of the refrigerator, I don’t keep produce out very often as well. Nothing I do seems to work. My daughter has the worst allergies she is always miserable, we have been to endless dr apts and have tried every medicine available!
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

rusthawk ·
My eyes burn from the chemicals with new furniture or mattresses, or even fabric. I try to vacuum often, wash fabrics as soon as I bring them home, andkeep my home environment as clean as I can to reduce irritants in the air.
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

Lisangel ·
We leave things like that in another room that can be ventilated or the garage or if need be we stay elsewhere for a few days. Those chemicals can cause real problems unfortunately, especially if you already have respiratory issues. If you must have them near you then using a great air purifier, a mask rated n95 or above and appropriate antihistamines or decongestants are good options.
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

Sarah MTB ·
These tips are a helpful guide and reminder especially at this time of year when many people start spending more time indoors for the cooler months and darker days. I keep in mind how the quality of our sleep space impacts how well-rested and healthy our bodies will be during the time it spends rejuvenating and recovering.
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Kitchen

Sarah MTB ·
Relying on appliances makes housework so much easier - dishwasher, microwave, washer/dryer, etc. - and an air purifier is another one that feels like a relief to set and let it clean a bit for you while you take care of the rest!
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

SFMama ·
I've been allergic to dust, pollen and animals since childhood but suffered for years before it was diagnosed in my late teens as triggering my frequent asthma. Now I'm the mom of a kid with food and environmental allergies (and another without), and finding my asthma is worse than ever. We are downwind from the terrible California fires, and realizing that our indoor air purifiers and general good practices are not up to the task during this time of emergency. Thanks for the helpful tips -...
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

Carrottop50 ·
I have an air purifier in my bedroom but not working good enough. I do have a ceiling fan and a tower fan in the bedroom since live in Az. I have a Dyson vacuum also. I definately need a better air purifier since I'm having to use my inhaler every night!
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

Carrottop50 ·
These tips and blogs were very helpful! I have the coughing type asthma and also allergic to dust and chemicals and pollen and mold and some fragrances. I also have exercise induced Asthma so have severe attacks when cleaning. I already do some of the tips, but I'll add the rest to help my attacks. Thanks again!
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Kitchen

Robert ·
I am considering air purifiers for bedroom and living/dining/kitchen area. I take cetirizine daily and have started taking probiotics.
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Kitchen

bright165 ·
I have several green plants in my kitchen that clean the air and keep the dust low by dusting weekly.
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Kitchen

Richard Schott ·
I run the range hood exhaust fan to keep the air cleaner in the kitchen.
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

Tiff ·
Hello! My asthma is pretty much the same way. Best advice that I have found is, make sure your filters are changed regularly, for one. I have also used a vaporizer to help combat dry air. I also use a rescue inhaler as needed.
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

Dolphin48 ·
I wash the sheets frequently and vacuum daily in the bedroom. I need a air cleaner for my bedroom to help with severe asthma and allergies.
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Kitchen

Mia ·
I use natural cleansers, such as baking soda and vinegar, to reduce scents and chemicals. I also keep produce scraps in a freezer container until trash day to minimize mold and odor in the air. My challenge is to reduce cooking odors and smoke as I do not have a range hood that vents outside. That's where the Dyson Pure Cool Link air cleaner would be handy!
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Kitchen

Rose E ·
Vinegar is my most used choice of cleaning solution. The difficulty for me is getting rid of the cooking scents especially since they don't just stay in the kitchen! That's one of the reasons why I would love to win the Dyson Pure Cool Link air cleaner!
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Kitchen

AAFA Community Services ·
Thank you to everyone for sharing their tips to improve the indoor air quality in their kitchen! We'd like to congratulate Anna B. as the winner of one of the certified asthma & allergy friendly® Dyson Pure Cool™ Link air cleaners.
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

AAFA Community Services ·
Thank you to everyone for sharing their tips to improve the indoor air quality in their bedroom! We'd like to congratulate Tiffany F. as the winner of one of the certified asthma & allergy friendly® Dyson Pure Cool™ Link air cleaners.
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

frediee ·
Hi, really love your tips so far on indoor air quality improvement. My question, you didn't make mentioned low humidity. This could also affect air quality. It will be nice if your next post emphasis on this area. Thanks a lot
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

Nelson Sosa ·
Will installing indoor plants help improve air quality and help breathing? I know plants can help increase oxygen levels. Thanks in advance!
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

Melissa G ·
Hi Nelson! Actually, indoor plants can be a source of indoor allergens: Control Indoor Allergens: Do you know what your asthma triggers are?
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Re: Clean Air, Sharp Minds Act Aims to Improve Indoor Air Quality in Schools to Improve Student Health and Learning

Shea ·
This is really great. Growing up, my elementary school had mold issues and they continued to grow until my siblings went years later and by then so many people were getting ill that they shut that school down. If they give schools the tools they need to improve indoor air (awareness and money to make the changes happen), so many children and families will be positively affected.
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Re: Clean Air, Sharp Minds Act Aims to Improve Indoor Air Quality in Schools to Improve Student Health and Learning

Just me ·
Sounds great. May I also suggest some investigating and some stricter enforcement procedures on H.U.D.S. smoking ban that is a failure in many cities across this country. Providing a clean teaching invironment is important but many children will return home to often worse indoor air quality where they live. To truly help the health of all children, they need healthy air at home as well as school. ailurimprovementon
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Re: Clean Air, Sharp Minds Act Aims to Improve Indoor Air Quality in Schools to Improve Student Health and Learning

AndyS ·
Finally a serious legislative action on this problem. We all know air quality in schools is horrible and this is now becoming an even bigger issue with Covid-19. There should be good air purifiers in every school.
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Re: How Do You Track Air Quality for Better Asthma Management?

Kgblanchard ·
Hello! I am trying to get in touch with an advocacy group regarding the air quality in some of our entertainment venues in Lake Charles, Louisiana. While there is a smoking ban in much of the state at casinos, bars and restaurants, there is no ban on smoking in our Lake Charles casinos - and there is no reason for that! Considering I have asthma and most of my work social events and meetings take place in the casinos meeting rooms, I struggle breathing for days after those meetings. Can...
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Re: Fact or Fiction: 5 Myths About Dust Mites

LK ·
A question - Since I assume dust mites are also in our cars' upholstery and interior, how often should we vacuum our cars? Thanks!
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Re: Fact or Fiction: 5 Myths About Dust Mites

Melissa G ·
Lisa, that is a great question. I will see if I can find that out for you.
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Re: Fact or Fiction: 5 Myths About Dust Mites

Melissa G ·
Lisa, this would be a great question for Ask the Allergist.
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Re: Fact or Fiction: 5 Myths About Dust Mites

LK ·
Thank you for the link, Melissa! Just sent the question.
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Re: Wildfire Season Has Begun – and It Affects Air Quality and Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
We updated this blog post on Aug. 19, 2020, to include information on extra precautions you need to take during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Wildfire Season Has Begun – and It Affects Air Quality and Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
Each year, wildfires rage across the U.S. They have already begun in California this year. Smoke in the air contains tiny particles that affect air quality. These particles can irritate your eyes, nose, throat and lungs. Poor air quality can worsen asthma symptoms . Children and those with respiratory disease like asthma are at high risk for asthma episodes when the air quality is poor. Wildfires do not only affect those in the immediate fire area. Smoke can blow many miles away and impact...
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Public Health Emergency: Wildfires in the Western U.S. Cause Dangerous Air Pollution for People With Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
Record-setting wildfires continue to rage across the western United States, putting millions of people with asthma at risk. The smoke and ash from the fires are polluting the air , creating unhealthy – even hazardous – air quality. This is a serious health emergency. What Do People With Asthma Need to Know About the Current Wildfires and Air Quality? The EPA’s AirNow.gov program measures and reports the air quality across the United States. Air quality is measured by the number of small...
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Re: Air Cleaners: What You Need to Know

Dawn Graziano ·
What is the best room air purifier for removing mold and dust from indoor air. I suffer from asthma and am looking to purchase for the upcoming winter months. Mold and dust are my primary allergies. Also how can you determine if there is mold in your home? I have a bedroom where windows were replaced several years ago and has a musty smell.
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Re: Video: Learn More About Asthma and Fragrances in Cleaning Products

BenR ·
Interesting since I just learned I’m allergic to fragrance set number one.
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Video: Learn More About Asthma and Fragrances in Cleaning Products

AAFA Community Services ·
Kafi Drexel Brown, AAFA’s Public Relations Director, will talk about asthma and scents during the virtual Discover Cleaning Summit. The event will be hosted by Good Housekeeping and the American Cleaning Institute on Oct. 14, 2020, from 9 a.m. to noon ET.
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Re: AAFA Advocacy Recap and What’s Next in 2021

lori1022 ·
Thank you for this summary. Such important initiatives to Champion! Pets/ESA/manipulative use of animal in public use business spaces by the public and animal owners in AIRLINERS (especially closed spaces) and event store/shop/retail/restaurant space businesses. Has been long, long, overdue. This has been extremely harmful for the disability population as we have seen. An application of service animal needed to be made OR ENFORCED. By large business associations and large companies, only way...
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AAFA Advocacy Recap and What’s Next in 2021

Jenna R. ·
The year 2020 was unlike any other – filled with loss and uncertainty for so many. With the nation still rocked by a global pandemic, this year is proving to be no different. Despite many obstacles, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) remains committed to advocating for the asthma and allergy community. Last year, we led and took part in more than 20 different coalitions working together to move bills through Congress and state governments. Four of the bills AAFA championed...
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Re: Cleaning When You Have Asthma: The Dirty Truth

Usa2elsewhere ·
Vinegar can be mixed with a hypoallergenic extract to improve the smell. Dirt that is adhering or ground in won't be cleaned up with vinegar. Try borax powder and Bon Ami cleanser claims to be toxin free and it's not bad with allergies. The article is correct about bleach. Also drain cleaners can be inhaled while taking effect in the drain. Surely they are all toxic. Try powdered lie but wear waterproof gloves and face mask while in the vicinity of the drain. I think dusting even with the...
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Re: Cleaning When You Have Asthma: The Dirty Truth

Compton ·
Welcome Usa2elsewhere and thank you for the tips! I hope you'll pitch in enthusiastically with others in Asthma Support . It's good to have you here.
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Re: Cleaning When You Have Asthma: The Dirty Truth

Shea ·
This is good information, thank you (and to USA2 below as well!) I am all about the: "have someone else clean for you" option.... Do you think medicare will cover that? I would like a Rosie Robot. I guess I can learn to mix things and make cleaners... I have found some that bother me less than others.. Like the seventh generation brand and the mrs meyers-- I aim for the unscented. Good to know about vinegar not killing covid. Does hot steam? (Did I miss that part?) .....this is motivating me...
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