Controlling Asthma Triggers at Home and Work
Controlling Asthma Triggers at Home
important part of managing asthma is controlling triggers. These are things that make
symptoms worse or that cause flare-ups. Triggers may be anywhere, inside or out.
completely get rid of triggers. But there are some things you can do to control them.
are some things you can do at home:
Don’t let anyone smoke. Even if they smoke outside, it may still work its way
inside. The smoke that they bring in on their clothes (thirdhand smoke) can also
cause asthma symptoms.
Keep windows closed to keep humid air outside. Use fans in the kitchen and
Don’t use fireplaces or wood stoves. Make sure
all appliances are correctly vented to the outside.
Don’t use strong-smelling products. This
includes cleaning products, air fresheners, potpourri, candles, and incense.
Keep your home as clean as possible. Try to get
rid of all clutter.
If you have pets, keep them off your bed and out
of your bedroom.
Use air cleaners and vacuums designed to remove
allergens. Change filters often. This includes furnace filters, too. Vacuum and
dust at least once a week.
are some things you can do at work:
If your workplace is smoke-free, stay away from any smoking areas. If it is not
smoke-free, think about talking to your manager.
If you notice that your symptoms get worse at work, talk with your healthcare
provider. Together you can figure out the trigger.
Fumes, dust, or chemicals may be triggers. If you know the cause, it's possible
it can be removed. For example, some cleaning products may trigger your asthma.
Your company may be able to use different ones.
You may be able to change your work situation to reduce your exposure to
triggers. Options include working at another location or from home, or working
different hours (when there are less fumes, for example).
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may
also help you and your employer. Go to the
ADA website. Or call the ADA Information Line
at 800-514-0301 (Voice) or 800-514-0383 (TTY).
See if poor airflow or ventilation may be a
problem. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National
Institute for Occupational Safety (NIOSH) have information that can help:
Online Medical Reviewer: Allen J Blaivas DO
Online Medical Reviewer: Marianne Fraser MSN RN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith RN MSN
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