Question: Can I asthma-proof my house?
Answer: Patients with allergies can reduce their allergy exposure at home. It's useful though first to identify exactly which allergens a person is allergic to and that entails allergy testing. For someone with dust or dust mite sensitivity, reducing dust mite exposure in the home can be helpful. This usually includes lowering the humidity in the home, and using allergy proof encasements for the pillow and the mattress. For someone with cat allergy, the proper procedure would be to remove the cat from the household if possible, or at least to remove the cat from the bedroom. Most patients with asthma can be aggravated by irritants in the air -- so cigarette smoking or wood burning stoves can aggravate asthma and should not be in the home.
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