Health Talk Asthma Podcast: Part 2

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Hello and welcome to our podcast series
health talk by iehp your Inland Empire health plan. I’m Channel a health
educator at IEHP. Hello and I’m Veronica also a health educator at iehp. We teach
asthma classes for IEHP, we are not licensed physicians. So please see your
doctor for any medical advice. In episode one, we talked about how asthma is a
chronic disease that targets the airways and we covered symptoms of an asthma
attack. We also discussed the changes that happen in the airway during an
asthma attack, those changes include swelling of the inside of the airways,
the tightening of muscles around the airways and the creation of mucus within
the airways, these changes lead to common asthma symptoms like frequent coughing,
wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness. Right, so Channel, let’s go over
some types of things that can trigger an asthma attack not only at home but in
the outdoors as well. Sure, but let’s start off by defining what a trigger is,
So a trigger is anything that when you breathe it in it causes the airways to
become smaller, an example of this is dust. Dust is something that can be found
inside and outside of the home. When we breathe in that dust it can irritate our
airways triggering our asthma you can reduce the amount of dust in your home
by cleaning frequently and reducing the amount of clutter. Another trigger found
in the home is mold. Mold is usually found in the bathroom or the kitchen, but
it can grow in any area where there’s moisture or dampness. As the mold grows it releases spores into the air and when we breathe in these spores they can
irritate our airways and flare up our asthma. Making sure we keep rooms like
the kitchen and bathroom well ventilated is a good way to prevent mold from
growing. One trigger I really want to touch on is animal dander. Most people
think that the trigger is in the fur of the animals or the pets, but it’s
actually in the skin flakes saliva and urine of our pets. When someone is
asthmatic, it is recommended that you remove the pet from your home
but that is not your only option you can keep your pets, but you’ll need to change
your behavior with them. For example, you should keep pets out of
the room where the asthmatic individual sleeps. This is very important because we
don’t want them breathing in that animal dander for a whole eight or nine hours
when they’re sleeping. Also keeping pets outside of the home as much as possible
is another option. Especially if you’re doing grooming activities like brushing
their fur. Veronika are there any other triggers you can think of? Yes. Pest can
trigger your asthma, their droppings contain a chemical that when breathed in
causes the airways to get irritated and can flare up your asthma. Pest can also
come in the leaks through the plumbing and they can also get through the cracks
in your home. So check under your sinks and if there’s a leak repair it. Also
seal all the cracks inside and outside your home. This will keep pests out.
Strong smells can also trigger your asthma. Strong smells can come from
cleaning products and cooking. You can reduce strong cooking smells by opening
windows, doors and turning on ceiling fans so food smells don’t linger in your
home. You should also throw away your trash frequently. Instead of using harsh
chemicals to clean your home you can use natural cleansers, like baking soda,
vinegar and lemon. Also, if someone in your family smokes ask them to smoke
outside and to wear a smoker’s jacket while smoking. This way they can remove
the jacket before coming back into the house. Other examples of triggers are
pollen, air pollution and smog. Well thanks for sharing those triggers
Veronica. That’s all for now, I’m Chanell and I’m Veronica. We invite you to listen
to all our podcast episodes on asthma under the series health talk. To learn
more about asthma call the iehp health education team at one eight six six two
two four four three four seven. It’s one more way iehp is helping you reach your
destination health. you

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