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Asthma

AsthmaIf you’ve already reviewed our page on Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), you know good IAQ requires a balanced approach. This is especially true for people managing asthma since the pollutants that reduce IAQ are often asthma triggers.

We’d like your home to be a sanctuary from your asthma. We understand that some of the triggers like strong emotion and exercise can’t be approached like environmental triggers. Still, working to eliminate environmental triggers reduces your total number of triggers. We hope fewer attacks from environmental triggers will enable to you be more proactive about addressing your more difficult triggers. Helping you identify irritants, eliminate air pollutants, control humidity, and control your indoor environment (minimizing changes in temperature, air flow, etc.) may allow you to be more active and energetic.

Exercise-induced asthma (EIA) has convinced many asthmatics that they can’t exercise though many doctors believe gradually increasing your tolerance for physical exertion over time will make an attack during exercise less likely. Creating an exercise space in your house where you control the environment can help you maintain a healthy weight, improve cardiovascular health and increase your energy level.

Here are some resources to help you learn more about IAQ issues that can trigger an asthma attack:

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention/Asthma

US Environmental Protection Agency/Indoor Air Quality

American Lung Association/Asthma

Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America

Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) Air Quality Forecast

You should have a thorough medical evaluation and work with your doctor to manage your asthma, especially if you’re planning to exercise. Twelve to fifteen percent of the US population is asthmatic and experiences recurrent attacks of breathlessness. Some of that population are Olympic athletes and the rest are successful in other ways. We’d like to help you attack your asthma.