This World Allergy Week (April 4 to 10) the National Asthma Council Australia is reminding Australians to reduce their exposure to common household allergy triggers before cold weather arrives.
More than seven million Australians have allergies, including asthma, which is often triggered in winter when people spend more time indoors with mould, dust mites and indoor pollutants.
Adam Trumble, Manager of National Asthma Council’s Sensitive Choice® Program, said that with temperatures starting to drop, it is time to tackle household allergy triggers head-on before winter hits.
“Avoiding or reducing your exposure to triggers in the home can help with managing your asthma and allergies. Once you know your personal triggers, think about how you could reduce your exposure. Within the home, simple steps can make a real difference to your health as well as to the environment.”
Indoor heating is a particular concern, said Mr Trumble, and not just because heating can dry the air and irritate airway passages.
“Unflued gas heating is unhealthy and, in some cases, dangerous for people with asthma. Wood fires are also not suitable for people with respiratory problems. Flued heaters and filtered reverse-cycle air-conditioning are better options.”
The National Asthma Council Australia has issued these top tips for you to breathe easier during the coming winter:
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For more information on asthma and allergies, visit the National Asthma Council Australia website: www.nationalasthma.org.au
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