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7.2 Asthma Treatments:




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This article is from the Children Allergies and Asthma FAQ, by Eileen Kupstas Soo kupstas@cs.unc.edu with numerous contributions by others.

7.2 Asthma Treatments:

This was written with a view towards children, but also applies
to adults as well.

The environmental approach can be a real pain and a real expense,
but it does help - if you do it effectively. It does not help your
child to dust his/her room if you let him/her sleep with stuffed
animals, on an unsealed down pillow, on an unsealed mattress, in a
carpeted room, etc. It can do your allergic child harm if you vacuum
the house while he/she is around, or if he/she returns shortly after
vacuuming. We knew that these steps would help us, but never did
anything. When our kids developed severe problems, we didn't hesitate
to take drastic action, especially if it meant that we were able to
reduce their discomfort, the number of trips to the emergency room, or
the amount of medication that they were required to take.

This is what we did for our little asthmatics:

We started on their bedroom, where they spend aprox. 50% of their time:

- removed all stuffed animals
- removed all books
- sealed their mattresses and pillows in high-quality
dust-proof enclosures.
- removed the carpeting
- removed all draperies and curtains
- removed upholstered furniture
- moved most of their dust-collecting toys and furniture into
another room
- purchased an HEPA air filter

For the rest of the house, we:

- found new homes for our cats and dogs. Besides eliminating
the animal dander, there's far less skin and hair for the
mites to thrive in.
- removed all carpeting except on the stairs, where it
cushions their all-to-frequent falls
- removed upholstered furniture
- removed all draperies and curtains

Since we have hot-water heat, we didn't need to deal with the dust
problem associated with hot air systems. You'd be amazed at how much
dust collects in the ducts of a hot air system!

We vacuum only when the kids are away for a couple of hours (a real
pain!). After this, we damp-mop the floors and damp-dust
the furniture and woodwork in order to reduce the amount of dust.

On cat allergies specifically: Bathing cats can remove the dander,
which is the promary allergen. Cats deal best with baths if the
practice is started when they are still kittens. The catalog from
Allergy Control Products, 1-800-422-3878, has very useful
instructions for making cat-bathing easier.

One reference for cat dander, carpeting, and cat bathing is in the
journal American Review of Respiratory Disease, 1991, volume 143, pp.
1334-9: "Airborne cat allergen (Fel d I). Environmental control with
the cat in situ".

For more information on asthma, see
Alt.support.asthma Newsgroup
and the
Alt.support.asthma FAQ and the

Alt.support.asthma Asthma Medications FAQ .

 

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