Asthma

Updated 16 September 2014

Suffer from asthma? Take action!

Animal dander, house-dust mites, cockroaches, pollens and outdoor moulds, tobacco smoke and indoor pollens are common asthma triggers.

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Animal dander, house-dust mites, cockroaches, pollens and outdoor moulds, tobacco smoke and indoor pollens are common asthma triggers. What action can you take to avoid or eliminate these triggers?


Take action:

Don’t keep a family pet or make sure the animal stays out of the asthmatic’s bedroom; wash bedding once a week in boiling water to get rid of dust mites; remove all carpeting; opt for wooden rather than upholstered furniture; use poison traps to control stray cockroaches; stay indoors when the pollen count is high; clean mouldy surfaces; don’t allow smoking in your home or car; and minimise exposure to wood-burning stoves, perfumes and strong chemical cleaners.

- (Health24.com)

 

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Professor Keertan Dheda has received of several prestigious awards including the 2014 Oppenheimer Award, and has published over 160 peer-reviewed papers and holds 3 patents related to new TB diagnostic or infection control technologies. He serves on the editorial board of the journals PLoS One, the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Medicine, Lancet Respiratory Diseases and Nature Scientific Reports, amongst others.Read his full biography at the University of Cape Town Lung Institute

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