Spring into ac­tion to min­imise asthma and al­ler­gies

Myrtleford Times - - News -

WITH spring – and Na­tional Asthma Week, (Septem­ber 1-7) be­gin­ning this week asthma and al­lergy suf­fer­ers are be­ing re­minded to be on their guard against the trig­gers that come with warmer weather.

Na­tional Asthma Coun­cil Aus­tralia and Sen­si­tive Choice are en­cour­ag­ing the 2.5 mil­lion Aus­tralians with asthma and one in three with al­ler­gies to take steps to re­duce com­mon house­hold trig­gers.

Al­lergy and asthma trig­gers vary from per­son to per­son but com­mon trig­gers in many homes in­clude grass pollen, dust and dust mites, an­i­mal dan­der, mould and mois­ture, fra­grances, in­clud­ing air fresh­ener and some chem­i­cals.

Peo­ple should also be aware of the in­creased risk of epi­demic thun­der­storm asthma head­ing into spring and early sum­mer.

Epi­demic thun­der­storm asthma can re­sult from thun­der­storms in ar­eas with high grass pollen con­cen­tra­tions, which can cause life threat­en­ing al­ler­gic asthma flare-ups in sus­cep­ti­ble in­di­vid­u­als, even those who have not had asthma be­fore.

Steps that can be taken to help pre­vent thun­der­storm asthma in­clude keep­ing con­trol of your asthma and hayfever, hav­ing a thor­ough asthma ac­tion plan, and be­ing ed­u­cated on the risks of thun­der­storm asthma.

For those work­ing on their spring clean­ing, th­ese tips can help you and your fam­ily breathe more eas­ily this spring:

• wash sheets, pil­low­cases, soft toys weekly in wa­ter hot­ter than 55°C;

• cover mattresses, quilts and with dust mite-re­sis­tant pro­tec­tors;

• open cur­tains and air bed­ding in the sun­shine and give them a reg­u­lar clean;

• use a damp or elec­tro­static cloth to dust hard sur­faces (in­clud­ing floors), and avoid feather dusters and dry dust­ing cloths, which just stir up dust;cloth to dust hard sur­faces (in­clud­ing floors), and avoid feather dusters and dry dust­ing cloths, which just stir up dust;

• keep rooms dry and wll ven­ti­lated; and

• clear out clut­ter.

To find out more about manag­ing asthma for your­self or a loved one, con­tact your GP or prac­tice nurse, or go to www.na­tion­alasthma.org.au or www.asth­maaus­tralia.org.au.

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