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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Is something in my house making asthma worse?

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Many people don't realize that there are a LOT of things in your house that can affect your asthma. 
Things like:

  • carpet
  • pets
  • dust on blinds
  • dust under beds
  • sheets that aren't cleaned often
  • water damage
  • dusty vents
We went through our house with an experienced housing expert to see if there was something we were missing.   Daughter Kitty has been in her yellow zone for a couple of months. She is on the highest dose of several allergy and asthma medicines, but it still having a tough time with her asthma.

I thought we were being careful. We have tried many things over the years, such as:

  • Wood floors (easier than carpet to see the dust and keep clean)
  • Removing our shoes when we come in the house (we store them in a big basket by the front door)
  • Vacuum every week with a good vacuum (we have been slacking off on this...)
  • Wash our sheets EVERY week in hot water (we do this, but the kids don't)
  • Get new pillows every January during the White Sales
  • Use allergy covers on the mattress and pillows
  • Cleaned out the air conditioning/heating vents when we moved in
  • Removed the swamp cooler and installed central air
  • Don't store anything under the bed (so we can vacuum under the beds each week)
  • Use roll up shades in the bedrooms (to avoid the dust that builds up on horizontal blinds)
  • Showering before bed during pollen season (to remove the pollen from our hair and bodies)
What did we find? Well, you'll have to wait until next week to find out. (Kind of like waiting for the next episode of Downton Abbey....)

 Until then, check out Minnesota Department of Health's "Home Environment and Asthma" page. You don't need a Housing Expert. You can watch a video on their website to see how to inspect your own house. 
Happy viewing! 




  1. You didn't change air filters? Mold in the bathroom from leaky pipe? Speaking of which I am really enjoying my mycology (study of mold) class. My professor who teaches the class discovered zoloft is a potent anti fungal. It is undergoing clinical trials for that purpose in uganda! She was talking about how there aren't many new anyibiotics and anti fungals. The reason for that is drug companies don't like to fund that because those medicines are taken short term and are therefore not as profittable as say a cholesterol drug. Sad because we need new antibiotics. Fungus (especially aspergillus) is very harmful to the sinuses and lungs.

    1. I've heard that about the drug companies. They want customers who will use their medicine long term and give them lots of money!