The most common allergic triggers of asthma are house dust-mites, pets, pollen and mould. While allergy avoidance measures help to reduce exposure to allergen triggers, using your asthma medications as directed is a cheaper and more effective way of dealing with your asthma.
Exposure to indoor and outdoor areas that are damp and have mould can trigger asthma symptoms in some people. Mould is commonly found in bathrooms and fridges. It’s also found in places with little air circulation such as walk-in and built-in wardrobes, and in bedrooms with en suite bathrooms.
The most common allergic triggers of asthma are house dust-mites, pets, pollen and mould.
Even though complete allergen avoidance does not cure asthma, reducing exposure to your allergen triggers may improve your asthma control and make your asthma symptoms easier to manage. Bear in mind that efforts to avoid or reduce allergen exposure can be costly, time-consuming and impractical.
Efforts to reduce to avoid allergen exposure are best attempted if:
Remember, allergen avoidance or reduction strategies should be used in combination with your recommended medicines and do not replace your doctor’s advice.
Air filters and ionizers have been shown to reduce airborne mould, but how this affects asthma control is uncertain.
Measures that may reduce mould exposure include:
It is important to note that information contained in this brochure is not intended to replace professional medical advice. Any questions regarding a medical diagnosis or treatment should be directed to a medical practitioner.
Our Sensitive Choice® program aims to help Australians with asthma and allergies make better lifestyle choices.