2nd May is World Asthma Day. 24 hours dedicated to raising awareness of one of the world’s most prevalent health conditions, with an estimated 300 million sufferers worldwide.
Asthma is a condition that affects your airways and makes it difficult to breathe. People of all ages can be affected, and although some can outgrow it, there is no cure. But there are lots of ways you can manage the condition.
What causes asthma?
It’s caused by inflammation in the breathing tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs. Triggers of an asthma attack can include chest infections, exercise, cigarette smoke, gases, and allergens like pollen outdoors and dust mites in the home.
While the future looks brighter than ever for asthma sufferers thanks to investment in groundbreaking research, finding new treatments and even searching for a cure, the statistics are still shocking:
- 5.4 million sufferers across the UK
- 1 in 5 households contains an asthma sufferer
- 1 in 11 children experience breathing difficulties daily
- 3 people in the UK die each day from asthma
- 250,000 deaths worldwide annually linked to asthma
Three easy ways to combat asthma at home
Microscopic dust mites are one of the biggest asthma triggers. These tiny creatures can trigger hay fever and eczema too. But you can keep them to a minimum and improve the air in your home with these small changes…
1. Do the laundry - Dust mites thrive in fabric, especially when it goes unwashed for a while, so it’s crucial to regularly wash curtains and bedding in hot water.
2. Dust and vacuum your home regularly – Use a HEPA approved appliance. The word “HEPA” stands for high efficiency particulate air and in order for a filter to be rated as HEPA it must retain all particles .3 microns in size or larger at an efficiency level of 99.97%. The most common airborne particles are about 2.4 microns, but the average vacuum cleaner only vacuums up particles from 30 to 50 microns in size, blowing the rest of the allergens back into the air. The most harmful sized particulates are about .3 microns in size
3. Change your underlay – Older underlay doesn’t let air through, leaving dust mites to fester on the surface of your carpet. So why not switch to one that filters the air in your home like Breathe underlay?
How Breathe underlay works
It’s made from 100% natural wood fibres that trap over 95% of even the smallest particles of dust in the air that passes through, keeping your carpets cleaner and the air in your home fresher. And fewer dust mites means less chance of triggering your asthma!
Not only that, but the high density wood fibres of Breathe make it very comfortable underfoot. It is suitable for use throughout the whole home – the more rooms you have it fitted in the better!
Learn more about Breathe and discover a healthier, fresher home today.