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Asthma Library: Prevention and Care

Reducing Allergens In Your Home

Eliminating dust mites, various insects and furry pets — which are known to produce allergens that trigger asthma attacks — helps control most asthma. Stuffed animals, rugs, curtains and lampshades in your environment can harbor these allergens as well.

People with food-induced asthma should avoid consuming those ingredients known to trigger their asthma. These might include sulfites and sulfiting agents found in dried fruits, prepared potatoes, wine, bottled lemon or lime juice, and shrimp, as well as allergens such as milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish. Food labels indicate whether the products contain these allergens.

Other steps your doctor may recommend include:

  • Removing dust and insect remains from your home by cleaning, sweeping and vacuuming regularly
  • Covering bedding with airtight plastic covers and avoiding feather pillows
  • Eliminating or avoiding smog, cigarette and wood smoke, and chemical fumes
  • In addition to removing allergens from your home, treating asthma may involve taking daily medication, testing your breathing capacity daily, and learning how to respond to a breathing crisis.

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