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If you have, or a loved one has, asthma, of course one of your worries might be identifying possible triggers to help keep it controlled.
So let’s talk more about the triggers…
Pollution can come from many sources including cars, factories and aeroplanes. Breathing in too much of this smoke can cause an asthma attack. You can check air quality forecasts to help plan your activities when air pollution levels are lower.
ULEZ – London’s ultra low emission zone was expanded on 29 Aug 2023 to cover all London boroughs. This is to bring cleaner air to all Londoners.
What about mould?
Surely you must have heard about the tragic case of the two-year-old who died from prolonged exposure to mould in his family’s flat? Awaab Ishak died in 2020, eight days after his second birthday, as a direct result of black mould in the flat he lived in. Read about it here.
Breathing in mould can trigger asthma attacks even if you’re not allergic to mould.
How can you reduce mould?
- Dry damp or wet items within 24 to 48 hours to prevent mould growth.
- Fix water leaks, such as leaky plumbing, which let mould grow behind walls and under floors as soon as you can
- Replace absorbent materials, such as ceiling tiles and carpet, if mould is present
- Use an air conditioner or dehumidifier to maintain low indoor humidity
- Get a small tool called a hygrometer to check humidity levels and keep them as low as you can—no higher than 50%. Humidity levels change over the course of a day, so check the humidity levels more than once a day.
- Scrub mould off hard surfaces with detergent and water. Dry completely
- Empty and clean refrigerator and air conditioner drip pans regularly.
- Run the bathroom exhaust fan or open the window when showering.
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