World Asthma Day 2023

02 May 2023

Every year May is recognized as "Asthma Awareness Month", and today marks the first Tuesday of this month - observed as World Asthma Day.

For World Asthma Day 2023, the goal of the Asthma + Respiratory Foundation NZ is to raise enough funds to provide an Asthma Emergency Kit for all the primary schools in NZ.

Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease that affects the airways in the lungs, making it difficult for individuals to breathe. It can cause wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness. During Asthma Awareness Month, organizations, healthcare professionals, and individuals around the world work to educate people about asthma and its management.

Do you or someone you know suffer from asthma?

In general, several things can be done around the house to ease those asthma symptoms. By taking the following steps, you can create a healthier living environment that reduces the incidence of asthma and promotes overall well-being.

  1. Keep the house clean and free of dust and mold. Regular cleaning, vacuuming, and dusting can help reduce the amount of irritants in the air.
  2. Use an air purifier with a HEPA filter to filter out allergens and pollutants from the air.
  3. Remove any carpets or rugs that may trap dust and allergens.
  4. Wash bedding and curtains regularly in hot water to kill dust mites.
  5. Control humidity levels with a ventilation system, dehumidifier, or air conditioner to prevent mold growth.
  6. Keep pets out of bedrooms and off furniture as they can trigger asthma symptoms.
  7. Avoid using strong chemicals or fragrances in the house, as they can irritate the airways.
  8. Encourage smokers to smoke outside the house to prevent secondhand smoke exposure.
  9. Consider using hypoallergenic covers for pillows and mattresses to reduce exposure to allergens.
  10. Ensure good ventilation in the house by opening windows and using exhaust fans in the bathroom and kitchen.
  11. Heat pumps can be helpful for people with asthma as they can improve indoor air quality by filtering and circulating air.

Please Note - It's important for individuals with asthma to work closely with their healthcare provider to develop a personalised treatment plan and regularly monitor their symptoms.

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