May 1st is World Asthma Day and May is Asthma Awareness Month. The Lung Association in Illinois is raising awareness about the chronic lung disease that affects more than one million people in our state.
There are more than 3,500 asthma-related deaths per year, and reducing your exposure to asthma triggers can keep you safe
The ALA in Illinois would like to raise awareness of some of these triggers. Many household items and environmental changes may seem harmless, but could prove deadly to a person with asthma.
Some of those items include:
- Household Cleaning Products: Scents from perfumes, deodorants and cleaning supplies can affect a person with asthma.
- Air Pollution: Ozone pollution and particle pollution are two of the most widespread and dangerous air pollutants.
- Invisible Dust Mites: Pests in the home, workplace or school can impact your asthma. To reduce your exposure, wash bedding regularly, fix leaks, store garbage outside, vacuum and dust weekly.
- Bunnies: As well as cats, dogs, hamsters, mice and other furry friends. Dander and saliva from animals with fur or feathers can be an allergen for some and can cause asthma symptoms.
“Even if you don’t suffer from asthma symptoms yourself, you can learn to support those in your life and community who do,” said Tin. “Asthma Awareness Month is the perfect opportunity to take the Asthma Basics course, it may just help save a life.”